Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
I dont know about being a true contender in a year. I love the excitement that the team can bring when they are shooting like last night but until they can shut teams down on defense they will be a late playoff seed. They need to sign Jack and Landry obviously but also sign an impact FA. I'm not sure who is out there that can make the Warriors able to compete with the Heat or the Thunder. Any ideas???
That doesnt take away from how fun they can be to watch though.
I don't think the Warrior's best option to improve will be through free agency, I think it will be through trade. The Dubs will be over the cap and only have the Mid Level Exception available, assuming that Biedrins and Jefferson exercise their options. If they do, however, that means they're $11M and $9M expiring contracts. Bogut's a $14M expiring deal as well.
I think you're exactly right regarding the team's defensive deficiencies being what will prevent them from becoming an elite team. While I think it's a long shot, if I were the Dubs I'd try to flip one of those guys for Kevin Garnett. The team needs a defensive leader, and Bogut's just too undependable because of injuries. Garnett could play the backup 4-5 positions and get 24-28mpg, or step in for either Bogut or Lee if they're injured.
The problem is that I believe KG has a no trade clause and might not have an interest in moving at this point. I'd imagine Boston would just want out of his contract as they're about to go into full rebuild mode, so you could probably get him for Jefferson or Biedrins and a 2nd Round pick.