NBA free agency 2019: Nine Warriors who can hit market this summer
Despite rupturing his Achilles, Durant is expected to decline his $30.7 million option and enter free agency June 30. For much of the season, many within the organization have assumed Durant would leave, presumably to the New York Knicks.
However, his injury could change things. The Warriors can offer Durant more years (five) and more money ($221 million) than any other team. Still, Durant is expected to draw interest from every NBA team with maximum cap space.
Like Durant, Thompson -- who tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals -- will be rehabbing for much of next season.
Still, Thompson is expected to get offered a max deal of about $190 million over five years. Over the last year, Thompson has maintained that he would like to finish his career with Golden State. With that in mind, expect both sides to get a deal done quickly.
Looney was perhaps the team's most consistent big man last season. His ability to guard multiple positions was crucial in the playoffs as Golden State navigated to the Finals without center DeMarcus Cousins.
Last season, Looney found himself in a similar position. He tested the free agent market after an impressive offensive performance in the postseason, only to come back to the Warriors on a one-year deal.
Two months ago, Steve Kerr called Looney a "foundational player,” echoing Golden State's organizational sentiment. Expect the Warriors to make a run to keep Looney and ultimately succeed heading into Chase Center.
If Cousins gets his wish for a big contract, it won't be with Golden State. Despite recovering from a torn Achilles, he averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in 30 regular-season games. However, a torn quadriceps wiped out most of his postseason.
Cousins admittedly wasn't the easiest to deal with during his rehabilitation from his Achilles injury. However, his teammates swear by his loyalty and guidance for the team's younger big men.
Following Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Cousins said he'd be open to returning to the Warriors for 2019-20 season and Kerr said the center would be welcomed back if he didn't get his desired contract.
Cook is slated to be a restricted free agent, assuming the Warriors issue his $1.9 million qualifying offer. Following a trying regular season, Cook hit big shots for Golden State in the playoffs, providing quality minutes with the Warriors’ second unit.
While his defense can wane, Cook can score in bunches, as the Warriors found out during the 2017-18 season. However, assuming Golden State extends a qualifying offer, it isn't likely another team will outbid the Dubs for Cook's services.
The Warriors are expected to make a decision on Bell's $1.8 million qualifying offer this week. Bell's second season with the Warriors came with many challenges.
From uneven playing time to serving a one-game suspension for charging an item to the hotel room of assistant coach Mike Brown, Bell is entering his second NBA summer with some uncertainty.
Fortunately for him, with the myriad injuries on Golden State's roster, Bell could have an opportunity to reach the promise the Warriors saw in the 2017 NBA draft.
Jerebko signed a veteran’s minimum deal last season with the hope of providing an offensive spark off the bench. While he had moments -- including a game winning shot against the Jazz -- his minutes ultimately were slashed in favor of Alfonzo McKinnie. It’s not likely Jerebko returns next season, especially with McKinnie still under contract.
The two-way guard impressed with his shooting, finishing the 2018-19 season making 39 percent of his 3-pointers. He could be a cheap option should the Warriors have an extra roster spot at the end of the summer.
Like Lee, Derrickson impressed with his shooting last season on a two-way deal. Expect another one if Derrickson is open to it.