Six backup point guard options Warriors could target in offseason
Rubio would be the best-case scenario for the Warriors at the backup point guard position. The guard could fill the veteran bench role that was vacated by the departures of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
He's a brilliant passer who can defend multiple backcourt positions. His jumper is unreliable, but that's less of an option when playing alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. A small-ball lineup of Curry, Rubio, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green would be a potent group for Steve Kerr to utilize.
The Warriors can acquire Rubio with the $17.2 million trade exception they got from the Iguodala trade. If the Phoenix Suns are eyeing one of the draft's top point guards, adding a first-round pick swap to the exception could be enough to send Rubio to the Bay.
Jeff Teague did well to recognize when it was time for him to move to a bench role. The veteran guard was solid this season splitting time between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks.
Teague averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 assists while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from 3-point range. The 32-year-old likely will play the same role for a playoff team next season. He has playoff experience, still can get his own shot and wouldn't be a liability on defense.
Teague would be a solid veteran option to backup Curry.
Can I interest you in a young point guard who is a superb defender but can be completely ignored at the 3-point line? Maybe?
Dunn will be a restricted free agent this offseason. Still only 26, the Bulls might want to try and keep Dunn around as a solid bench guard behind Coby White. But teams likely will see Dunn as an athletic guard whose weaknesses they can either fix or account for. What number are the Bulls willing to match?
Dunn probably won't end up with the Warriors, but he's certainly a name to keep an eye on.
Here's another option for the Warriors to use their trade exception on, but like Rubio, the Oklahoma City Thunder might require a pick swap to make the deal work.
Schroder, 26, is having a career season coming off the bench for the Thunder. He's averaging 19.1 points and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from 3-point range. Schroder also has a defensive rating of 103.1 and 0.147 defensive win shares. As the NBA season prepares to restart in Orlando, Schroder has a good case to be the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year with a strong finish.
Would the Thunder be interested in trading him? That's another story.
At 32, D.J. Augustin still is running and gunning for the Orlando Magic.
The Texas product is averaging 10.4 points and 4.6 assists this season while shooting 39.3 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three. Those percentages likely would be better if the Magic put more spacing around him.
Augustin would give the Warriors a solid veteran presence who can knock down open shots behind Curry.
We'll end the list with an NBA champion who is on the last legs of his career but still can play a bit.
J.J. Barea, 36, is averaging 7.5 points while shooting 41.3 percent from the field for the Dallas Mavericks this season. Barea isn't the player that he once was, but he still can push the pace and be a pest on defense.
Plus, the NBA Finals experience is something that will appeal to a Warriors team looking to get back to the top. Barea should come on the veteran's minimum, so he's a cheaper option should the Warriors miss on bigger targets.