Warriors' Curry 'expects' the Dubs to add help through the buyout market
The Golden State Warriors are out in front early this year, with a move or two under their sleeve to be implemented at some time throughout the NBA season's long months.
While the Dubs will not be "desperate" to trade for a fourth star or add another high-level, ring-seeking contributor via the buyout market, they would be wise to consider it if only because the team's superstar point guard Steph Curry expects them to.
Bleacher Report's Tim Kawakami released an article on Tuesday, November 9 explaining the Warriors' league-wide driver's seat position after an NBA-best 10-1 start, despite the absence of perennial All-Star Klay Thompson and last year's starting center James Wiseman.
"The Warriors aren't going to be desperate about this." They aren't required to be. Yes, things were heating up after mucking about with Curry's golden year last season; they're not wasting anything right now," Kawakami stated. "They have a number of extremely good players on their team." Wiseman and Klay are on their way. They can either wait a season or more for (2021 first-round picks) (Jonathan) Kuminga and (Moses) Moody, or they can see if a three-for-one trade involving one or two of their prospects can land Beal or another prime-time veteran."
"Being 9-1 means the Warriors have more trade ammunition than they've ever had," Kawakami added. "It also implies that anything they consider can be done only on their terms, or not at all."
There has been some internal conflict between the Warriors and their star player regarding the team's attitude on developing players vs. the notion of playing to win now.
Essentially, owner Joe Lacob and President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers are attempting to do both — improve the roster despite already paying the highest luxury tax bill in NBA history, while also retaining the young talent they've drafted in Wiseman, Kuminga, and Moody over the previous two seasons.
Curry desires that the team trade for a fourth star. However, he may have to settle with a player one rung below star-level skill who is prepared to play for less in exchange for a chance at a championship.
"The Warriors still have the $5.9 million taxpayer midlevel exception open, which Curry has said he expects them to try to use, most likely in the buy-out market," Kawakami wrote, referring to a different post he published in late September when the preseason began.
"At least they have options." They have some talented players. "They're feeling really good," Kawakami added.
Back in late September, Myers summed out the personnel situation in Golden State as he viewed it. Much of what he predicted back then is likely to be true for the general manager now, particularly considering he was spot on about how good his club will be to open the season.
"As far as trades now, tomorrow, today, and next week, those conversations are always taking place," Myers said at the end of September. "That is my responsibility. That's how the league works. That is the league in which we reside. But, if you're searching for some clarity, I'd say this roster will be our roster. Certainly in the short term and most likely moving into the season, and we'll see how things go."
"But that's what we'd do anyway, regardless of rumors or thoughts." When our team appears to be in need of a change, I believe we become a little more urgent. But, for the time being, I like the team," Myers added. "I'd like to see how the team is put together." I've been waiting for that for a long time, owing primarily to injuries. And then there are the conversations, which are happening all the time and will continue to happen. But there's nothing imminent right now."
The "nothing imminent" position Myers mentioned looks to be the case in Golden State, especially because the club is expected to get deeper and better with the return of Thompson and Wiseman, as well as the development of Kuminga and Moody.
The Warriors are in charge, and they are not in a hurry. That said, there are other moves to be made, and the Dubs will have to examine them — both to keep its superstar core happy and to stay ahead of a deep NBA in 2021-22, which is replete with good teams eager to make moves and get even better.