The Warriors need to shore up their depth at key positions if they intend to make a run at the NBA title next season.
If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster, bringing in new additions with limited money to spend.The Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts at their disposal to hand out to unrestricted free agents.
We already examined the guards, wings and big men who clearly could interest the Warriors. But what about the free agents who might not immediately catch your eye?
With limited salary-cap room at their disposal, perhaps those are the exact type of players the Warriors should pursue.
Joe Lacob doesn't sound concerned at all about revamping the roster this October to put the Warriors in position to contend for the title next season.
In fact, it seems like Golden State's owner and CEO is more focused on another key area.
"Our biggest challenge is going to be the virus and getting fans back in the stands," Lacob told Larry Beil this week on ABC7's "With Authority" podcast. "That's what we are built to do -- have a great audience and entertain our fans, as well as win a championship. So we really want to do that.
"We're working really hard in that regard, to try to figure out a way that we can resume play with fans."
Lacob uniquely is positioned to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, as he earned a master's in epidemiology from UCLA. He never thought that degree would be put to use in his professional life.
But now, it has great importance. And Lacob is at the forefront of the NBA's quest to get fans in arenas for games as soon as possible.
"I've worked with the league extensively on the testing strategies with respect to what's going on in the bubble," he told Beil. "And we're actually doing the same thing in terms of trying to lead the way (for) how we're going to maybe test fans as an example -- if need be -- when we resume play."
So yes -- if you want to attend a Dubs game at Chase Center next season, it's possible that you will get tested for COVID-19 -- and get an immediate result -- before you are permitted to enter the building.
Then again, this probably only becomes a possibility if the city of San Francisco and public health experts give the Warriors clearance to allow fans through the doors. Additionally, it's possible the NBA returns to some form of a bubble format and avoids games in local markets altogether.
Myriad options remain on the table, and there is no timetable for when the league's plan will be finalized.
But regardless of the logistics, Lacob expects the Warriors to win a lot of games no matter where they are played.
"It really does look like things are lining up for us to be a very good team next year," he said. "It's hard to say (when) you're the worst team in the league that you're gonna be a contender for the title -- but I do think we will be."
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also provided some details.
The discussions for the eight teams left out of Orlando restart continue to center on in-market workouts starting in September, sources tell ESPN. Those teams remain anxious for chance to get teams back in gym during long hiatus — especially with no summer league.
These reports indicate the league and union have abandoned plans either for a second bubble in Chicago, or for the eight teams to enter the bubble in Orlando once playoff teams start getting eliminated.
It's very safe to assume this latest piece of news makes Steve Kerr, Draymond Green and many others in the organization very happy. Golden State's coach made it very clear in early June that he prefers getting his team together for practices at Chase Center.
As for Draymond -- unless Kerr's mindset has changed, the expectation is that he will be a full participant should the NBA and NBPA strike a deal. The same goes for Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
"I would not consider this voluntary," Kerr told the media over two months ago. "Given that we would be staring at a nine-month break, I would be shocked if any one of those three guys said to me, 'No, I don't want the work.'
"They all know they need the work and we all need the work. So they'll be there."