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What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

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What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

The Warriors were the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

That is probably going to change this season, as they trail the Rockets by three games (although it's really four because Houston has the tiebreaker) with 12 games to play (and only lead the Raptors by one game).

What does owner Joe Lacob think about his team right now?

“We’ve had our best team we’ve ever had this year,” Lacob recently told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (read the full story here). “We have to go prove it on the court, but we have enough to win it.

"It doesn’t mean we will, but we are certainly set up to have the opportunity potentially to do that. That’s about all you can ask.”

Things can change in an instant and Lacob understands that.

That's why he's constantly discussing scenarios with Warriors GM Bob Myers and the rest of Golden State's decision-makers.

“We’ll build around that core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t," Lacob told BANG. "But right now it feels pretty good. These guys are all performing at a great level. We love them as part of our organization.

"I don’t really see doing anything major. But you never really know. We have to evaluate when the season is over. It’s very hard when you’re in the middle of it all to see it objectively.”

What happens if the Warriors don't win the championship this year?

We will leave you with this quote Lacob gave BANG.

“Maybe we will emphasize continuity. Or maybe we will make a big move. We’re looking at different options, given different things playing out in different ways.

"I think you should always be doing that.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA contacted Joe Lacob about throwing his jacket, 'I have been told...'

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NBA contacted Joe Lacob about throwing his jacket, 'I have been told...'

Last Tuesday, the Warriors got smacked at home by the Thunder, 125-105.

Remember this play late in the third quarter?

Did you miss Joe Lacob's reaction to the missed call?

Last Friday, Lacob joined the Murph and Mac show on KNBR 680 and the topic of him throwing his jacket was brought up.

"I have been told not to disrobe in public. Literally," Lacob said.

Adam Silver called the Warriors' owner?

"One of his people," Lacob answered. "I've been really good for a long time and I'm keeping my emotions in check a lot better than I used to. But I just lost it at that moment."

Did the league come after Lacob's wallet?

"No fine. They were pretty nice about it. But they did say, I thought it was pretty funny -- 'Do not disrobe in public.'"

The good news for Lacob -- the Warriors are currently valued at $3.1 billion...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Why the Warriors stood pat during wild NBA trade deadline

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Why the Warriors stood pat during wild NBA trade deadline

OAKLAND -- Barely 15 minutes after the trade deadline passed, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was lacing up his high-tops for some 3-on-3 hoops at the team’s downtown Oakland facility.

That’s not to suggest Myers and CEO Joe Lacob believe the team can’t be improved, and soon. They certainly do, and as Myers took the court his ear was still warm from a morning on the phone discussing possible moves.

But nothing developed that couldn’t be declined, and that’s mostly because potential trade partners were more interested in Warriors draft picks, in 2018 and beyond, than what is available on the far end of their bench.

The Warriors had two options. Option A would require moving the team’s only pick in the 2018 draft. Option B would be waiting to shop the buyout market.

Myers went with B, which under the circumstances make the most sense.

The Warriors have owned only two picks over the past five drafts -- though they bought two others -- and they’re unwilling to give up the first-round pick they hold for 2018. That will be only their third first-round pick since Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli arrived in 2012.

Why give that up when there is an excellent chance the Warriors can address their greatest need -- reliable scoring off the bench -- without jeopardizing their future finances?

Stephen Curry is in the first year of a five-year max contract worth $201 million. Kevin Durant awaits a similar deal in July. One year later, in July 2019, Klay Thompson becomes an unrestricted free agent. It’s Draymond Green’s turn in 2020. Assuming the Warriors want to have any chance of keeping their four All-Stars beyond 2018-19, as they surely do with the upcoming move to Chase Center, it’s going to be costly.

The Warriors are going to need some cheap labor, and that means rookie deals. The Warriors own their next seven first-round picks, but only one second-round pick over the next three seasons. They’re not currently assured both picks until 2021-22.

So now the Warriors will focus on the buyout market. There will be options, and veteran scorer Joe Johnson, traded to the Kings on Thursday, is expected to be among them.

Multiple league sources have said the Warriors are interested in Johnson, and it was been reported that Johnson, once bought out by Sacramento, would consider the Warriors.

Another player the Warriors would consider is Hawks guard Marco Belinelli, their first-round pick in 2007. Belinelli’s name came up in trade talks but he remains in Atlanta. There is a good chance he’ll be available on the buyout market.

A player’s contract must be bought out before March 1 for him to be eligible for the playoffs with his next team.