Two Superstars Golden State Warriors Can Target for This Offseason

Published 08/05/2021, 7:08 AM EDT
May 11, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 NBA Free Agency, and with it Adrian Wojnarowski, have taken the league fraternity by storm. With Woj bombs dropping throughout the last 48 hours, teams including the Lakers, Bulls and Miami have certainly been busy. But with teams like the Golden State Warriors unusually quiet this offseason, is a big move in the pipeline?

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The Warriors, with Klay coming back this season, look very optimistic about Golden State’s return to the top of the West. But, with Klay having been out for over 2 years, Dub Nation has struggled to make ends meet as they crashed out of the Play-In Tournament last season. But, even with the greatest back court in NBA history, would any expert pick them vs the field in the west? No! Not yet at least.

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Houston Rockets in game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

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Top 2 targets for the Golden State Warriors via trade

The Warriors will be actively monitoring both the following situations closely. Bradley Beal, who has 2-yrs worth 70-mil left on his contract, may now want out given Westbrook’s departure for L.A. Are the reports regarding a Spencer Dinwiddie move to the Wizards enough to tie down Beal in DC?

Additionally, what happens with Damian Lillard in Portland? Does he give Chauncey Billups and Neil Olshey a season to figure it out? Dame is under contract till 2025, which allows Portland to withhold him for what they believe to be the right offer.

And certainly, Golden State will have to offer a lot more than 2 role players in Wiggins and Wiseman, however important they may be and multiple picks (future 1st & 2nd rounders) to send Lillard home to the Bay. However, it is highly unlikely that the Warriors successfully orchestrate a signing now, unless Draymond is in Dame’s ear over in Tokyo.

After recruiting KD to the Bay via the 2016 Olympics, is there a chance of it happening? Yes! But, given that they used up the Number 7 and 14 overalls, one could argue that’s the biggest bullet out of their chamber!

The 2021-22 Warriors

It’s becoming tougher and tougher for Golden State to make any improvements this offseason. With most veteran free agents levitating towards either Los Angeles or Brooklyn to chase a ring, things look bleak.

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While they did (F) G Otto Porter Jr. via free agency, that isn’t by any means adequate to win the title, let alone the Western Conference. Fact of the matter is, even during their title run in 2015 prior to the KD era, Golden State’s bench was the difference maker.

May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

In fact, pieces like Livingston, Iguodala, Bogut, amongst others, were the difference makers, as they gave the Warriors that versatility punch around their core of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond. Unfortunately, though, they no longer play for Golden State, and the ones that do aren’t on the same level!

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With Steph Curry‘s monster 4-yr 215-million $ signing eating occupying major cap space, where does GM Bob Myers go from here? Good Question!

Watch this story –  Stephen Curry, Bradley Beal & Other Stars That Deserve to be on Better Teams Next Season

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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