The Golden State Warriors are facing an uncertain offseason as they approach a pivotal turning point in their dynastic era.
But it seems like we’re getting some responses already.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, “The Warriors are operating under the assumption that both Draymond Green and Jordan Poole can again be on the same roster and push towards the same championship goal next season without issue.”
That’s a mistake, to put it plainly.
For a significant stretch of the season, Jordan Poole was useless. However, Golden State was forced to ride the 23-year-old after agreeing to a $128 million deal.
They certainly have a choice right now.
The Warriors actually require either a remade bench and a new crop of win-now role players prepared to support the Big Three, or a new, reliable secondary option. Klay Thompson should no longer be trusted as the backup for a championship-caliber team in light of his complete disappearance during the NBA playoffs.
O.G. Anunuboy from the Toronto Raptors or Markelle Fultz from the Orlando Magic would be intriguing targets for the Warriors if they decide to make a move.
Nobody doubts Golden State’s capacity for championship success. Even if the Warriors opt to run it back, it would be unwise to write off the team while ace Stephen Curry is still at the height of his abilities.
But what happened over the summer and the problems that followed all season show how difficult it may be to thrive with a group that lacks strong coherence and clear chemistry.
Consider the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat. They are competing in the NBA finals and have undoubtedly been the two most cohesive teams in the league this season. That is not an accident. It is necessary to hoist a banner.