Filling out the Warriors' 2017-18 roster: 14 potential candidates

Filling out the Warriors' 2017-18 roster: 14 potential candidates

UPDATE (11:15am on Wednesday) -- The Warriors agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Nick Young.


The Warriors floated into the offseason on a massive raft of success, with a championship parade and their summer priorities laid out in four levels.

The “A” Priorities were bringing back Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, all of whom would be unrestricted free agents.

Done, done and done.

The “B” Priorities were Shaun Livingston and David West, both of whom would be unrestricted free agents.

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Done and done.

The “C” Priorities were Zaza Pachulia, a shooter off the bench and another guard capable of playing at the point or off the ball.

Partially done. In the four days since the opening bell for free agency, the Warriors have gone 6-for-8.

Doesn’t seem fair, eh?

With Omri Casspi agreeing Tuesday to come aboard on a one-year contract for the $2.1 million veteran’s minimum, the Warriors now have their shooter off the bench. He eliminates any interest in Mike Dunleavy, someone the Warriors considered chasing last season.

The addition of Casspi brings the roster to 12. A natural small forward who happens to be 6-foot-9, he will provide some of what the Warriors got from Ian Clark (scoring) and some of what they got from Matt Barnes (the ability to defend wings).

You can never, according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, have too many shooters.

Pachulia remains on the team’s radar, and we surely know of the gifts of persuasion possessed by team president/general manager Bob Myers. That the Warriors need a starting center and Pachulia, 33, wants to return, perhaps for the veteran’s minimum, indicates the chance of that happening is fairly good.

That would push the roster to 13: Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jordan Bell, Damian Jones, Kevon Looney, Pat McCaw, Casspi, Curry, Durant, Iguodala, Livingston, Pachulia and West.

That would leave two roster vacancies, one of which could be filled with the taxpayer midlevel exception of $5.2 million and the other with a minimum deal.

Here is a look at 15 free agents still on the market and available to the Warriors, separated into three categories.


Vince Carter (SF): The chatter is there, with good reason. He’s 40 but still productive in spurts. How thirsty is he for a ring?

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Dewayne Dedmon (C): A true 7-footer, a very good athlete and already has spent time within the organization.

JaVale McGee (C): Each side knows what it is getting. They’re good for each other. Would he come back for the minimum?

Brian Roberts (PG): He’ll turn 32 in December but is a solid backup point guard whose skill set is similar to that of Clark.

Nick Young (SG): The Casspi deal diminishes Young’s value to the Warriors, but don’t count him out. He can score in bunches.


Leandro Barbosa (SG): A Kerr favorite, a great locker room guy and doesn’t moan about minutes. He’s 34, but can deliver offense in spurts.

Isaiah Canaan (PG): A shooting guard in a 6-foot body. His skills also are similar to those of Clark, which is why he is worth considering.

Ronnie Price (PG): He does not dazzle. But at age 34, he’s a streaky shooter but a decent third-string playmaker.

Tiago Splitter (C/PF): He’s 32 and has made $50 million in his career. He has decent skills at both ends. Can he stay healthy?


Festus Ezeli (C): Was good for the locker room in Oakland and a defensive force. But his knees are bad enough to threaten his career.

Raymond Felton (PG): Still can be an effective player on offense, but he’s 33 and brings enough baggage to fill six moving vans.

Rajon Rondo (PG): He won a ring at age 22 in Boston. He has made $85 million. He’s high maintenance, though, and too ornery to adjust.

Larry Sanders (C): Uh, no. Among best defensive centers in the league when healthy, but repeated substance abuse issues render him unreliable.

Marreese Speights (C/PF): He’s popular and would come back in a heartbeat. Little chance he gets a sniff, as the thought is that ship has sailed.

Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings


Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings

OAKLAND -- Omri Casspi sustained a sprained right ankle with 9:00 left in the second quarter of the Warriors-Kings game Friday night and did not return.

After dropping in a short hook shot with 9:04 left in the quarter, Casspi landed awkwardly, rolling his ankle and dropping to the floor clutching his lower leg. Down for a couple minutes, he eventually got up and limped into the locker room, accompanied by physical performance specialist Chelsea Lane.

Casspi played six minutes off the bench, producing 6 points, one assist and one rebound against his former team.

He joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Pat McCaw and Klay Thompson on the sideline.

Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks


Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will return to their relatively normal selves sometime early next month.

That’s at the very soonest, and assuming all goes well over the next three weeks.

Add Kevin Durant to the list of All-Stars who will miss significant time. The forward underwent an MRI test Friday that revealed “an incomplete rib cartilage fracture” that will keep him out of the lineup at least two weeks.

Durant, the team’s leading scorer at 26.6 points per game, joins No. 2 scorer Stephen Curry and No. 3 scorer Klay Thompson on the sideline. Curry will be out at least another week, Thompson closer to two weeks.

The upshot: The Warriors' slim chance of overtaking the Rockets for the No. 1 overall seed are fading toward invisibility.

With the playoffs four weeks away, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will spend the rest of this month juggling lineups and rotations with the limited available options.

The first replacement starter at small forward, Friday night against Sacramento, is Andre Iguodala. Kerr over the next couple weeks likely will try several options. Omri Casspi is another possibility, as well as Draymond Green getting some minutes at small forward. The decisions will be based mostly on matchups.

Durant, however, may be the ultimate NBA mismatch insofar as there is no other 6-foot-11 small forward with his broad skills and versatility.

“They said (I’ll be out) a couple weeks,” he said prior to tipoff against the Kings. “I’m just trying to get healthy. Just trying to make sure I’m out there and able to be me on the court.

“It’s not great, timing-wise, but it’s all about feeling better when I’m out there playing.”

Durant sustained the injury last Sunday in Minnesota, after taking an elbow to the ribs from Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.

“I thought it was just a little contusion,” said Durant, who will not go on the upcoming road trip to Phoenix and San Antonio.

Durant played through the discomfort Wednesday night against the Lakers, leading the Warriors in scoring with 26 points. During that game, he went to close out and “felt something stretch and pull.”

After going through a light practice Thursday, pain intensified, leading to the MRI test and diagnosis.

“I wish we were out there hooping and using these days to get better and sharpening up our skills,” he said. “But that’s what happens when you play a contact sport. Stuff happens.

“It could have been worse for all three of us. But, luckily, it’s not.”