They’ll be back next year. . .
After inking Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymon Green to contracts over the last two years, the Golden State Warriors are attempting another championship run down the line. However, with a lame-duck year currently going on, the team is already looking ahead to the future.
Last month, Karl-Anthony Towns voiced his displeasure with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and asked for a trade. At the time, he revealed, privately, that the Golden State Warriors were at the top of his destination list for the trade deadline. Players on the Warriors even showed mutual interest privately; but the front office is blocking anything from happen.
The front office is looking to fill out the roster with more role players in free agency and the upcoming trade deadline. KAT’s current contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2024, so Golden State’s ownership isn’t looking to spend anymore max money. Since there’s more balance in the league with superstars more spread across the league, the Warriors believe they can stand pact with their original big three.
Before the start of next season, look for D’Angelo Russell to be moved in exchange for a starting small forward, as well as better role players for their bench. The Splash Bros. are taking this entire year to rest and come back perfect next year. Due to emergence of Marquese Chriss this season, they’ve likely found their starting five to play alongside Draymond next season.
A 3-and-D player (or even wing defender) is at the top of the front office’s priority to have on the roster by fall 2020. Look for trade involving the Warriors to happen in the coming weeks.