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NBA free agency: Warriors could target these forwards for next season

NBA free agency: Warriors could target these forwards for next season

The Warriors will go into the 2020-21 season with positional needs to shore up their depth if they intend to make a run at the title. If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster, with the new additions they can bring in on limited money. 

At their disposal, the Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to hand out to unrestricted free agents.

So what areas do they need to address the roster? 

On Tuesday we examined the guards that could interest the Warriors. A more pressing need, however, is their depleted wing situation. Andrew Wiggins currently stands as their only true small forward on the current roster. The Warriors had hoped Eric Paschall could morph into a wing, rather than a power forward, but as of now, he seems more comfortable in the four-spot.

Juan Toscano-Anderson could also provide some needed defense and rebounding from that position as well from the back end of the rotation. 

Here is a list of veteran small forwards that the Warriors could eye to fill their wing depth in free agency.


NBA rumors: Warriors more upset Glenn Robinson traded than D'Angelo Russell

NBA rumors: Warriors more upset Glenn Robinson traded than D'Angelo Russell

The Warriors made a number of deals around the NBA trade deadline, shipping out D'Angelo Russell, Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks.

While the trade that sent Russell, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, a protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick got all the headlines, Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle reported that it was the Robinson trade that had a bigger impact on the Warriors' locker room.

"One league source told The Chronicle that many on the team were far more upset about Robinson being traded than with D’Angelo Russell getting dealt to Minnesota the next day," Letourneau writes.

Robinson, 26, was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Burks for three second-round draft picks. Robinson fit in nicely with the Warriors, averaging 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists while knocking down 40 percent of his 3-point attempts and being a good locker room presence during a down year for the Warriors.

President of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers questioned the trade at the time but ultimately decided to go through with it. Robinson was disappointed by the trade but is open to a reunion this offseason when he will once again be a free agent.

"Would I rule it out? Not with this organization," Robinson told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock in March. "They were really great to me, and like I said, really changed my career, so it's no bad feelings, no hard love for Golden State."

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As for Russell, while his offensive talent is undeniable the fit was never right with the Warriors.

A high-usage guard who is prone to lapses on the defensive end, Russell's long-term staying power alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson always was in question, and in the end, it was best for both sides that he was sent to Minnesota.

"To be perfectly blunt, the fit was questionable when we signed him," Kerr said after the trade. "Nobody questioned that. When you already have Steph and Klay and you add a ball-dominant guard, you can rightfully question the fit."

In 12 games with the Warriors since the trade, Wiggins appears to be a much better fit. He's a much better defender than Russell and his offensive game is better suited to play a complementary role next to Curry and Thompson once they return. Wiggins showcased his passing a defense during the start of his Warriors tenure and the Warriors believe "the sky is the limit" for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick.

The Warriors' season ended when the NBA voted to restart in Orlando, Fla., with only 22 teams. They'll be well-rested for a return to the top when the 2020-21 season begins with Curry having played just five games in over a year at that point and Thompson having 16 months between his ACL tear and the projected start of training camp in November.

A return to the NBA Finals could be in the cards for the Warriors next season, and there's a chance that Robinson could return to the Bay to help with that title run.

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NBA free agency: Warriors' best targets for 2020 NBA offseason

NBA free agency: Warriors' best targets for 2020 NBA offseason

If things were going as scheduled, NBA free agency would be starting about a month and a half from now. But these are not normal times, and any schedule that was once conceived is no longer valid.

Important NBA dates are not the only things that will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as the financial ramifications of any lost games or games without fans will be significant.

How will this change the NBA salary cap? Will teams be more frugal with their payroll with all their financial losses? These are some important questions that will have to be answered at some point.

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In the meantime, however, the Warriors are preparing to enter an offseason in which they will have a high draft pick, and not much salary flexibility as they will be a luxury tax team yet again. Unless the Warriors were to make significant moves to shed money, they will only have the ability to sign veteran free agents with the tax-payer midlevel exception, and veteran minimum contracts. 

Here are some unrestricted free agent possibilities to fill veteran roles, with their 2019-20 stats and age at during the 2020-21 season. Some of them are definitely more realistic than others.