The Warriors are not going to win the NBA title this season.
In fact, they have work to do to make sure they earn a spot in the play-in tournament let alone the first round of the playoffs.
We want to focus on the present and the team's postseason push, but obviously there have been many instances throughout this season in which we have looked ahead to 2021-22 when the Warriors plan on firmly being in the hunt for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
And we're going to do it again right now because of some comments from Steve Kerr.
"It's not easy. It's not like there's this magic trade that we're going to make that's going to make us contenders again," Golden State's coach recently told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. "The team we've had over the last seven years, that was one of the great rosters in the history of the NBA."
Steph Curry is leading the NBA in scoring, and probably would be the MVP frontrunner if the Warriors were 36-28 instead of 32-32.
And that brings us to one more Kerr statement.
"He's so damn good we need to maximize him this stretch," the eight-time NBA champion said of Curry. "You have to enjoy what he's doing as a fan, and appreciate what he's doing organizationally -- then do everything we can to build the best team around him.
"It's not like that's what we owe him, it's more like that's what we need to do."
When you add up Kerr's words, it sure sounds like the Warriors plan on being aggressive this offseason in terms of improving the roster.
A blockbuster trade certainly is a possibility, as is the prospect of striking multiple deals. Also, it's safe to assume the Warriors will utilize the taxpayer mid-level exception to sign a difference-maker in free agency.
Additionally, what happens in the draft lottery assuredly will have an impact on what the franchise can accomplish this summer, as the Warriors own the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected 2021 first-round pick. And the Dubs ending up with the No. 4 or No. 5 overall pick -- or not having that asset conveyed this year -- is a massive difference.
And lastly, Golden State needs Klay Thompson to return to full strength. That arguably is the most important variable.
So let's put a bookmark in this conversation for now, and focus on the Warriors' back-to-back with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and Tuesday.