As the NBA’s free agency period began today at 6:00 pm EST players signings began to happen left and right. With mid-level and some major players in the free agent pool choosing their next team, one team name we hadn’t heard much is the Golden State Warriors.
That’s because the Warriors have had an interesting last few days, to say the least. Not long before the 2020 NBA Draft, where they held the #2 overall pick, their star shooting guard, Klay Thompson tore his right Achilles. This news didn’t shake the Warriors draft board up as they went and drafted the #1 player on their board, former Memphis Tiger James Wiseman.
Next, the team looked to address the gap that will be left with Thompson’s injury and they used their traded player exception, from the 2019 Andre Iguolda trade to the Memphis Grizzlies, to obtain Oklahoma City Thunder’s forward Kelly Oubre Jr.
Now, Golden State will be looking into free agency to add more depth to their team. During their championship runs, they were known to have key veterans who could step into games and keep the offense moving forward while their stars Thompson, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and previously Kevin Durant, all rested. Yet with Thompson being injured, and the team having a tax bill of $134 million, the team will have to figure out ways to be creative and see if some veterans are willing to take less money while adding proven talent to their roster.
While the Warriors do not have much room to work with financially to make any big free agent signings there are some players who, if they take a little less, can be upgrades for them or fill-ins who can do a great job.