Warriors Unlikely to Go After Big Superstar, Looking to Stay Young
The Golden State Warriors do not appear to be in the market for a superstar this offseason.
At least that is what we are told.
With Steph Curry and Draymond Green still in the fray and Klay Thompson expected to return for the start of the upcoming season, the Warriors are looking to remain young and develop the likes of James Wiseman along with their 2021 first-rounds picks Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. While the focus remains to win now, Joe Lacob hopes to preserve the future while still aiming to compete for a championship this season.
“Honestly, this is sort of my dream,” Lacob said. “And I know this isn’t popular with a lot of people. They think we ought to go get the next star. We already have the stars. And we have a payroll that’s — and I’ve said this when I was interviewed before, but nobody listened. It’s very unlikely, I’ve said that we’re not going to trade for anybody that people are expecting. Very unlikely. It’s not impossible. But if it was going to be somebody, it was going to be somebody really great. It was going to be a big trade. It’s unlikely.”
The Warriors have recently rejected a trade request from the Philadelphia 76ers which would have sent Ben Simmons to the Bay Area. The Warriors also do not appear to be prepared to make any sort of substantial offer to the Washington Wizards for shooting guard Bradley Beal .
“So the more likely path — and the path that I think, as an owner, I feel most comfortable with, quite frankly — is to bridge the gap to the future,” Lacob said. “We’ve got three or four contracts and big players that are still in their early 30s, still have quite a bit of time to go, especially in this day and age. If we can kind of have a Wiseman and a Kuminga and a Moody and a Poole (help in the meantime). They don’t have to be awesome next year. With a great investment in our player development staff, we just want them to show great potential.”
The thought within the team’s front office is that the current team has enough to compete this coming season.
“If we can’t, then you should look at Joe Lacob and Bob Myers and Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins and say you weren’t good enough,” Lacob said. “You’re paying all that money you weren’t good enough. They need to be good enough and they should be. They’ve won before. They’re a little older, but they’re still really good. Klay will be back. That’s the key. I think we’ll be good enough. Yes.
“Now, we add a few veterans. We’re going to do that (in free agency). You’ll see in the next few days. Then we now have some incredible potential that we can bridge to the future. When you can do both those things at once, it’s magic. Who does that? The Lakers didn’t make the playoffs for six straight years. I don’t want to be the Lakers, I don’t want to be six years out. It’s too important to me. I don’t want to sit and be a losing team. I think we’re going to be good and hopefully great every year.”
If they are to remain healthy, the Warriors will possess one of the more deeper rosters in the entire NBA with a good combination of All-Stars and young players with upside.