Golden State Warriors are in a Golden Situation

Golden State Warriors are in a Golden Situation

 

Mark Jackson is magical. He transformed a team that was moribund and completely lost, to a team that was two games away from the Western Conference Finals, with one of its key players hobbled and virtually incapable of contributing much. Though the Warriors only won 47 games during the regular season (which is the most that they have won in over a decade), there was a modicum of optimism, particularly following the Warriors’ unexpected run in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. With young talents such as G Stephen Curry and G Klay Thompson, the Warriors are looking nothing but upward for the foreseeable future.

For the Warriors’ cause, they are thankful that Curry and Thompson have panned out, because they do not own their 1st Round selection in the 2013 NBA Draft (the 21st pick, which would have been Golden State’s, became the Brooklyn Nets’ pick, and was the last piece included in the Nets’ trade to acquire G Deron Williams in 2011). Additionally, the acquisition of F/C David Lee has paid dividends, and other young talents such as C Festus Ezeli and G Jarrett Jack help round out a fine core of players. The Warriors will lean on these players going forward, because there is not much maneuverability without a pick in this year’s draft, along with the team being well over the salary cap, along with the luxury tax threshold, as well. On top of this, the Warriors hope to coax Jack to return to the team, as he is an unrestricted free agent. It has been said that Jack will explore his options, as the Warriors will not be able to offer him any more than the $5.5 million that he made in 2012-2013.

Because the Warriors are bereft of meaningful draft picks, they will have to be creative in free agency. They have four players who have player options heading into 2013-2014 (F Richard Jefferson, F/C Andris Biedrins, F Carl Landry, and G/F Brandon Rush), and each is likely to pick up the options. If the Warriors are able to unload Jefferson’s contract somehow, they will at the very least be able to conduct a sign-and-trade deal, as they really need another big man to help bolster their front line depth. Getting Rush healthy will also be a pleasant gift that may very well be the same as getting a 1st Round pick in the 2013 Draft.

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