Five bold predictions for crucial Warriors offseason after pause year
Land at No. 3 in draft, select Killian Hayes
The Warriors will hope the ping-pong balls bounce their way Aug. 25, but instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers once again secure the No. 1 pick, and the Dubs fall to No. 3.
With Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman going one and two, the Warriors take a shot on upside, drafting 18-year-old French point guard Killian Hayes. Hayes is an impressive passer who thrives in a ball-screen offense. He has a wide array of offensive moves and has some experts seeing James Harden potential down the road once his 3-point shot develops.
With no sure things in the draft, the Warriors grab a young star who could end up being the best player of the class.
Sign Josh Jackson on cheap, resurrect his career
The Warriors already resurrected the career of one former Phoenix Suns lottery pick in Marquise Chriss, and they'll do it again with Jackson.
Jackson, 23, showed some life this season with the Memphis Grizzlies after coming up from the G League midway through the season. The Kansas product averaged 10.4 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. Jackson could find a role on the Warriors' bench as an athletic swingman who can guard multiple positions and some scoring as a slasher on the offensive end.
The 2017 No. 4 overall pick still has a ton of talent, and the Warriors should be able to sign him for the minimum and help him realize some of his potential.
Use Andre Iguodala trade exception to acquire Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart is the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics, but the bills are coming due in Beantown. Kemba Walker is on a max deal that only gets more expensive. Gordon Hayward certainly will opt-in for $34.1 million. Jaylen Brown just signed a four-year, $115 million extension. Oh, and Jayson Tatum is headed for a max extension. Smart is a luxury the Celtics won't be able to afford.
The Warriors will eye the landscape and see they won't be able to acquire a Kelly Oubre, Domantas Sabonis or Jonathan Isaac without including a high draft pick to sweeten the pot. But the Celtics' financial situation puts them in a position to shave some money off the books.
Smart is a hard-nosed defender who can guard one through four and a capable 3-point shooter. He's a high-energy guard who would fit in nicely coming off the bench for Steve Kerr.
Paul Millsap takes pay cut, signs for MLE to title chase
At 35, Paul Millsap isn't the player he once was, but he still is a reliable veteran who can provide scoring, defense and playoff experience to a Warriors team looking to return to the top.
This season, Millsap is averaging 12 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range. He's the ideal veteran piece to come off the bench for Kerr.
Other teams certainly will offer Millsap more than the Warriors, but the four-time All-Star has made $150 million in his career, so he'll turn those down to head to the Bay and play with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Third star arrives, but it's not Giannis
Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't coming to the Bay. Full stop. I hate to break it to everyone, but those are the facts. He's going to sign his supermax extension and live it out his prime in Cream City.
Antetokounmpo will sign his extension after the Bucks' run at the title ends in the Finals (should the season conclude) at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers.
But just as the Giannis dreams are extinguished, a new hope will arrive in the form of the Philadelphia 76ers' dysfunction. After getting bounced from the playoffs in the second round the 76ers fire coach Brett Brown and make it known that the Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons partnership isn't in their long-term plans.
With Giannis locked up in Milwaukee, Bob Myers turns his attention to acquiring Embiid, sending Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall and two first-round picks and a future pick swap to Philadelphia for Embiid.
The Warriors reconstruction is complete, and they enter the 2020-21 season as one of the favorites to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy.