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.

Steph Curry sheds light on Game 1 trash talk with LeBron James, promises there are 'adversarial relationships' in NBA

Steph Curry sheds light on Game 1 trash talk with LeBron James, promises there are 'adversarial relationships' in NBA

Do you remember what happened with about 35 seconds left in OT during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals?

In case you forgot:

The Warriors led by 11 points and with the shot clock winding down, Steph Curry attempted a driving layup and LeBron James blocked it.

LeBron proceeded to talk some trash to Curry and even used a little forearm to nudge him away when Curry said something in return.

On the most recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, Curry shed some light on the exchange.

Simmons: "He blocked you and he talked sh*t to you. I thought you guys were gonna fight."

Curry: "It was never going to spill over to that. But it was an interesting moment ... I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn't see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me.

"And I was like, 'That's what we're really on right now? We're about to win and you're worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?' And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, 'Yo, what's up? Is this really what we're about right now?'

"And he was like, 'I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I'm a mentor' and it's a part of his leadership and that type of deal. And I was like, 'I don't want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership.' (laughter). Come on man, that's messed up."

Simmons: "I want more of it. I don't want you guys to like each other. This is my biggest problem with this decade. I like that I'm not positive you and LeBron like each other (Curry starts laughing). Watching from afar, it doesn't seem like you like each other. I'm sure there's a mutual respect."

Curry: "There's definitely a mutual respect. I would say though when you see guys working out with each other in the summers and you see guys playing pickup and all that -- when you step foot on the court during the season, it's a totally different environment.

"Guys can be buddies and friends and whatnot and have whatever type of relationship they want to have in the summer and off the court, but the rivalry and competition and egos and all that stuff that lives in an NBA game and when you're trying to hold that trophy ... it's really there and it's not going anywhere."

Simmons: "I don't want you guys to get along. I want adverserial relationships."

Curry: "They're there. They're there. I promise you."

Good. That is awesome.

A couple other takeaways from the podcast:

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Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'


Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'

With the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Ricky Rubio.

With the sixth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Jonny Flynn.

With the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select... Stephen Curry.

And the rest is history.

As you all know, the man in charge of those selections -- David Kahn -- was fired in 2013 and no longer works in the NBA.

"My guy David Kahn. I don't know where he's at right now," Curry said on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "I don't know if that ever came out -- there's a story. Everybody knows how much I love golf -- play it in my spare time and what not.

"I think the word on the street was that he didn't draft me because in Minnesota it's cold and I wouldn't be able to play as much golf so I would have been miserable."

A shocked Simmons asked Curry: "Is that true?"

"I hope it's true because that's hilarious (laughter)," Curry said. "That's hilarious."

To which Simmons responded: "It was idiotic in the moment. I did a draft diary. I was going nuts. Because if you're gonna take two point guards, how are you not one of the two? And then if you're gonna go all-in on Rubio and you don't even know if he's gonna come over..."

Rubio didn't leave Spain for the NBA until the 2011-12 season, and a hip injury unfortunately ended Flynn's career after just two plus seasons.

There's no way we will ever find out if that golf story is true, but just like Steph... we certainly hope it is.

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