NBA free agency 2019: 12 under-the-radar players who fit Warriors
Trevor Ariza, SF
He will be 34 years old next season, and the Warriors could use some youth on their team. While he may not be the player he once was, Ariza can still be an effective wing defender that can provide some spacing with his 3-point shot.
He averaged over 14 points per game last season over 43 games following a trade to the Wizards, though he only shot 32 percent from deep. The Warriors have had a lot of experience playing against him in the playoffs and have seen firsthand the impact he can make.
Dragan Bender, PF
The 7-foot-1, former No. 4 overall pick who has already been deemed a bust, is only 21 years old. He struggled with his shot last season, but shot nearly 37 percent from deep in his second year.
Signing Bender wouldn't be for an immediate large impact, but instead a developmental project that could perhaps come off the bench to be a stretch-five. He could be worth a low-risk gamble.
Reggie Bullock, SF/SG
If the Warriors are looking to give instant spacing for their team, Bullock is one of the better options on the market. He is a bit of a late bloomer, finally finding his stride in the NBA in his late 20s, but he is 6'7 and is one year removed from shooting nearly 45 percent from 3.
He does not provide a lot of intangibles in regards to rebounding or playmaking, but he is definitely the type of player the Warriors could have used in these last playoffs, and know how valuable he could be to them.
DeMarre Carroll, F
Much like Ariza, Carroll is a solid wing defender that can shoot 3-pointers at a reasonable clip, but who is also getting up there in age, turning 33 before next season.
It would surprising if Carroll landed a large contract, so it is very reasonable to believe the Warriors might be able to convince him to join them on the cheap now that they have lots of minutes and playing time to offer.
Wayne Ellington, SG
A common theme throughout this list will be players that can shoot the 3-ball, and Ellington is exactly that. He does not provide much in every other aspect of the game, but the guy can definitely shoot, making 38 percent of his shots from deep over a 10-year career.
At 6'5, he is a shooting guard with size and could step in off the bench to provide some needed spacing to the Warriors' second unit.
JaMychal Green, PF
In the first round against the Warriors, Green was very impressive for the Clippers. At 6'9 and 28 years old, Green has the size of a power forward, but plays more like a small forward. His overall energy and effort on both ends of the floor was eye-catching, but more importantly, he shot about 40 percent from deep.
Green has shown some great improvement over his four seasons in the NBA, and could be a perfect fit for the Warriors if they could snag him at the right price.
Justin Holiday, SG
A reunion could be in store for Holiday and the Warriors. After providing some wing depth off the bench for Golden State in their first title run in 2014-15, Holiday has been a bit of a journeyman, bouncing between four teams. Holiday is still an effective wing defender and can provide some energy off the bench.
His 3-point shot can be a bit streaky, but he has shot a reasonable 35 percent from deep in his career. At 30 years old, there is reason to believe he could be a solid addition on a veteran minimum deal.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F
If the Warriors are simply looking for shooters, then RHJ is not their man. He has shot 22 percent for his career from deep, and his shooting stroke is not a sight to see. The one thing that makes RHJ stand out though, is his exceptional defense.
At 6'7 and only 24 years old, RHJ is a premier wing defender who can switch on any opponent from a point guard to a power forward. He is exactly what the Warriors need on the defensive side of the ball. Would he increase the spacing issues on the offensive end? Yes. But he would make up for a lot of that in his slashing ability, and his elite defense.
Jeremy Lin, PG
It is unclear what Lin is capable of at this point in his career, as he has not made much of an impact over the last couple seasons. If Lin could resemble anything of his old self, he could be a perfect compliment to back up Steph Curry, and play a sort of Leandro Barbosa type role.
However, at this point, a Lin reunion might just be a feel-good story bringing him home to the Bay Area.
Robin Lopez, C
Speaking of bringing a player back to the Bay, Lopez played his college career at Stanford, and has been long-rumored to want to play for the Warriors.
While by no means is he the scoring threat like his twin brother Brook, Robin can bring some much needed grit to the defensive end, and can potentially be the veteran presence at the center spot that the Warriors have had players like Andrew Bogut and Zaza Pachulia fill over the years.
Darius Miller, SF
After shooting 41 percent from 3 a couple seasons ago, Miller's percentage dropped to 37 last season. At 6'8 and 29 years old, Miller is another player that fits the bill for the Warriors as a wing shooter.
After spending five seasons with the Pelicans, Miller could be looking for a new team that could potentially boost his value for the future. With the Warriors, he could find the minutes and the usage to be a solid rotational player.
Mike Scott, PF
The 6'8 power forward is your prototypical NBA stretch-four. While he leaves much to be desired on the defensive end, Scott has shot 40 percent from deep over the last couple seasons. He also put on a show against the Warriors last season when he hit six 3-pointers in an early-March game.
If the Warriors are looking for a player to provide 15 minutes a game in a Mo Speights type role, then Scott is their guy.