Ranking Warriors' five best free-agent signings since 2000
Honorable Mention: Derek Fisher (2004)
Fisher often is forgotten in Warriors lore, as the point guard was traded just two years into a six-year, $37 million contract he had signed with Golden State in 2004. The then three-time NBA champion had fallen behind Gary Payton in the Los Angeles Lakers rotation, and came to the Warriors hoping to bring a championship culture to a team without a playoff berth in a decade.
He scored 12.6 points per game and averaged 4.2 assists while shooting 38.4 percent from three over his two seasons in the Bay Area. Fisher was traded to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players that played a combined 26 games in a Warriors uniform, as his salary became a significant number for a backup point guard to Baron Davis.
He delivered some great moments, like the buzzer-beater against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005 (Fisher's reaction pictured here) but ultimately became too big an expense and while he didn't necessarily turn the Warriors into winners, he performed admirably.
No. 5: Corey Maggette (2008)
Maggette signed a five-year deal reported to be about $50 million in 2008. The forward came from the Los Angeles Clippers, where that same offseason Warriors icon Baron Davis chose to sign after almost four seasons with Golden State.
He was a prolific scorer for the Warriors, averaging at least 18 points per game in both of his seasons in the Bay. Larry Riley, the Warriors general manager at the time, said the decision to trade Maggette in the summer of 2010 with three years and $31 million remaining on his contract would "help alleviate a log-jam that we have at small forward" in a statement (h/t ESPN).
Maggette played three more seasons in the NBA with three different teams after leaving Golden State, but never returned to being the elite scorer he was. He retired in 2013.
No. 4: Demarcus Cousins (2018)
It's not often a multi-time All-NBA player becomes available at the reported price of $5.3 million. But that's exactly what the Warriors got in Cousins, who had been one of the league's best centers for nearly a decade but was coming off a torn Achilles suffered during the 2017-18 season with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cousins didn't take the court for the Warriors until January of 2019 as he continued his rehab, averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds over 30 starts in the regular season. A torn quadricep muscle early in the playoffs kept Cousins out until the 2019 NBA Finals, where he played in all six games as Golden State lost to the Toronto Raptors.
The big man joined the Los Angeles Lakers later that summer, but tore his ACL before the season and hasn't played in an NBA game since.
No. 3: Matt Barnes (2006)
Barnes signed with the Warriors back in 2006, and eventually became an integral part of the "We Believe" Warriors that took down the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks during the 2007 NBA Playoffs.
He would play two seasons during his first tour with Golden State, leaving to sign with the Phoenix Suns after the 2007-08 season.
But Barnes would bring his NBA career full circle by signing with the Warriors again after Kevin Durant's midseason injury, playing in 20 regular-season games before being a valuable reserve as Golden State won the 2017 NBA Finals, giving Barnes his first NBA championship.
The wing hung up his sneakers in December of 2017.
No. 2: Shaun Livingston (2014)
Livingston joined the Warriors in 2014 after a very productive season with the Brooklyn Nets. A former lottery pick, Livingston suffered a gruesome knee injury early in his career that required years of rehabilitation to get back to the league.
His patented turnaround fadeaway jump shot virtually was unblockable and helped the Warriors win three NBA titles over his five seasons with the Warriors. Livingston is one of just five players (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala) who played in all of the Warriors' last five NBA Finals appearances. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 assists per game over his five seasons with the Warriors.
No. 1: Kevin Durant (2016)
No surprises here. Durant was a top-five player in the NBA who chose to leave an organization in Oklahoma City where had spent the previous nine seasons to join the Warriors.
KD helped bring two championships to the Bay Area, winning NBA Finals MVP both in 2017 and 2018. Durant averaged 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists over his three seasons with the Warriors.
Though he ultimately chose to leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets last summer, Golden State likely won't ever have a team more dominant than those two championship teams with KD and Steph Curry for a long time. Durant even celebrated the four-year anniversary of his signing with the Warriors on Saturday by dunking on a troll.