I've mentioned in an earlier blog post this NBA season about the potential demise of the current incarnation of the Golden State Warriors. A slumping, limp defense and some heated heads have Bay Area fans worried about the team all season. Right now, this off-kilter play of the Warriors has them on the cusp of bowing out of the playoffs.
A demoralizing 105-92 Game Four loss at the hands of the Toronto Raptors doesn't make matters better. Having no answers for Kawhi Leonard or for the offensive sets thrown their way, the Warriors look depleted and exhausted. With Klay Thompson's and Kevin Durant's impending free agency entries looming, that leaves one question: where do the Warriors go from here?
Golden State has expressed interest in trying to keep Durant, but it seems likely that Thompson will be the option they stick with. DeMarcus Cousins will be gone as well, but seeing that an injury-plagued season and an awful showing in the postseason has hurt his free agency case, that might not be as big of a loss as anticipated.
After 2020, this team will be dramatically altered. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will be free agents after that season, only leaving Stephen Curry and Kevon Looney as the holdovers from the current rosters. Eventually, Looney should be ushered into a starting role, so things aren't all that bleak.
That doesn't mean the Warriors should rest easy. There's still a near-100% roster turnover that'll happen after 2020. In that case, the Warriors should focus on stocking up the bench with efficient scorers. Veteran players who can score will be key when Curry is out. Unfortunately for the Warriors, they can't offer Thompson the supermax contract after Thompson missed out on the All-NBA team. Still, it's imperative for the Warriors to either keep Durant or Thompson in order to be competitive, especially if they want to compete for more championships.
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