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NBA offseason grades: How Warriors emerged from wild summer of change

NBA offseason grades: How Warriors emerged from wild summer of change

It's a brand-new day in Warriors land.

In just a matter of weeks, Chase Center will open its doors for the inaugural events at Golden State's new home arena in San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, the Warriors will embark on a journey unlike any other in recent years.

Kevin Durant is gone. So are Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. DeMarcus Cousins is a member of the Lakers, and Klay Thompson still is in the early stages of rehabbing a torn ACL.

Yes, it's been an offseason of change for the Warriors, and the aftermath has left them in a nearly unrecognizable state.

After being the third-oldest NBA team last season, the Warriors enter 2019-20 with the eighth-youngest roster in the league. Golden State made a concerted effort to get younger, bringing in the likes of D'Angelo Russell (23), Willie Cauley-Stein (25) and Alec Burks (28) -- all former lottery picks. Through the draft, the Warriors added Jordan Poole (20), Alen Smailagic (18) and Eric Paschall (22).

In somewhat of a pleasant surprise, Kevon Looney was brought back on a three-year contract. The 23-year-old will enter next season having appeared in the fifth-most NBA games of anyone on Golden State's roster.

The extreme turnover has left Steph Curry as the oldest remaining player on the team. He, Thompson and Draymond Green formed the core of the recent/current dynasty, and now it will be up to them to lead the transition into the next one. There's no question the Warriors got worse this offseason -- that's just what happens when you lose one of the greatest players ever -- and their offseason can't be fairly evaluated outside of that context.

With that in mind, here's how three media outlets graded the Warriors' offseason:

ESPN
Grade: C+
What they're saying: "Russell is a more talented young player than Golden State otherwise could have hoped to acquire and might prove to be a valuable trade chip, but adding him via sign-and-trade subjected the Warriors to a hard cap that forced them to send a lightly protected first-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies with veteran Andre Iguodala. The result is a Warriors team that isn't a sure bet to make the playoffs in 2019-20, with Klay Thompson likely to miss most of the season following his ACL tear during the NBA Finals." -- Kevin Pelton

CBS Sports
Grade: C
What they're saying: "Obviously, the Warriors would have preferred to keep Durant, and losing him takes them from perennial title favorite to a much murkier future. But GM Bob Myers did well to get Russell out of the situation, a 23-year-old All-Star who can either blossom in the Warriors system or be sold to the highest bidder. Losing Iguodala and Livingston hurts, but Golden State made a clear effort this offseason to get younger and more athletic. Re-signing Thompson was the top priority, and bringing back Looney must have been a pleasant surprise given their cap situation. That being said, they're no longer the chalk title favorite they once were, so that has to be reflected in their grade." -- Colin Ward-Henniger

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Bleacher Report
Grade: B
What they're saying: "Really, their entire summer comes down to whether D'Angelo Russell is worth more to them as a player or eventual trade asset than Andre Iguodala and two first-round picks. That's not an easy call. Russell ran more pick-and-rolls per game last year than anyone except Kemba Walker. Golden State doesn't play that way, and it could get even harder to integrate him once Klay Thompson returns from his torn ACL.

"Still, Russell is a 23-year-old All-Star. Gambles can get worse. The Warriors assume plenty of risk, and we must hedge accordingly. But he elevates their post-Durant ceiling, either as a trade asset or keeper, without lowering their floor.

"From getting Russell to retaining Thompson and Kevon Looney to taking cheap fliers on Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson III, Golden State did a respectable job navigating the loss of an all-time great and the dissolution of a dynasty." -- Dan Favale

Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

Feeling good about themselves after snapping a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night in Memphis, the Warriors landed in Dallas early Wednesday morning to face the Mavericks in the second night of a back-to-back road set.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30 p.m. PT, with tipoff from American Airlines Center scheduled for 4:40.

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After struggling on defense over the first three weeks of the season, the Warriors (3-12) are starting to show bite. They held Memphis to 95 points on 40.9-percent shooting to win for the first time since defeating the Trail Blazers on Nov. 4 at Chase Center. Golden State, however, will be without Draymond Green on the second night of the back-to-back. He'll miss the game with right heel soreness

The Mavericks (8-5) are off to their best start since 2015. The European combination of guard/forward Luka Doncic and 7-foot-3 big man Kristaps Porzingis has been among the most productive duos in the league this season.

While the Warriors are trying to win two in a row for the first time this season, Dallas is chasing its first three-game win streak.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Glenn Robinson III
F Eric Paschall
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Alec Burks
G Ky Bowman

Mavericks

F Dorian Finney-Smith
F Kristaps Porzingis
C Dwight Powell
G Jalen Brunson
G Luka Doncic

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), G Jacob Evans III (left adductor strain), G Damion Lee (right hand non-displaced fracture), F Draymond Green (right heel soreness), F Kevon Looney (neuropathy), G D’Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain), F Alen Smailagic and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are listed as out.

Looney and Smailagic are on assignment with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Mavericks: G Seth Curry (illness) is listed as questionable.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The Warriors have found their best defensive starting lineup, one in which Cauley-Stein, at 7-feet, is surrounded by four teammates all roughly 6-6. The switching through the last three games have been superb.

Cauley-Stein, whose history does not suggest rim protection, has had at least one black in seven consecutive games, a personal career-best streak. Another move made by the coaching staff in the past several games is playing big men Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman together. Both seem to benefit. Those two, along with Cauley-Stein, totaled 32 points and 20 rebounds against the Grizzlies.

Burks is averaging 18.7 points per game over the last three games while shooting 92 percent from the line. Since Oct. 30 against the Suns, every healthy member of the team has gotten minutes. Wednesday's player availability count: Nine.

Mavericks: If Seth Curry is cleared to play, he could move into the starting lineup. He has started nine of 13 games, including the last five in a row.

Porzingis, averaging 18.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg while playing 32 minutes per game, is getting better by the day. He missed 20 minutes in the wake of surgery to repair a severely torn ACL in his left knee.

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Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired to provide offense off the bench, has been struggling. He’s shooting 34.4 percent from the field, including 29.5 percent from beyond the arc, while averaging 22.2 minutes per game.

The team’s most productive reserve has been backup guard Delon Wright, who is averaging 8.1 points per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field.

Officials: Ed Malloy (crew chief), Scott Twardoski, JB DeRosa.

Warriors' Draymond Green ruled out vs. Mavericks with right heel soreness

Warriors' Draymond Green ruled out vs. Mavericks with right heel soreness

Playing on the back end of a back-to-back, the Warriors are going to be even more depleted against the Mavericks on Wednesday than initially expected.

That's because Draymond Green has been ruled out of Golden State's game in Dallas with right heel soreness.

[RELATED: Draymond scoffs at Paschall's 'too old' NBA draft narrative]

Green made his first career start at guard in the Warriors' win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday, and finished just shy of a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He briefly left the contest after appearing to injure his elbow, but that's apparently unrelated to what will keep him out of Wednesday's contest.