Warriors' best unrestricted free-agent targets for 2020 offseason
Marc Gasol (35 years old)
27.5 MIN, 7.6 PPG, 42 percent FG, 40 percent 3-PT, 6.3 REB, 3.4 AST, 0.9 BLK
Paul Millsap (35 years old)
24.4 MIN, 12 PPG, 49 percent FG, 44 percent 3-PT, 5.9 REB
Serge Ibaka (31 years old)
27.5 MIN, 16 PPG, 52 percent FG, 40 percent 3-PT, 8.3 REB, 0.8 BLK
The Warriors front office would do backflips if they had the opportunity to sign any of these three free agents to the midlevel exception. Each veteran brings their own unique set of skills that would fit in quite nicely into the lineup. Gasol might not be star he once was in his younger years, but his ability to play solid defense in the key, pass exceptionally well from the center position, and shoot 40 percent from deep would make him the starting center on the team.
Ibaka similarly would be an automatic starter with the Warriors, and would be a fantastic fit. Like Gasol, he has really honed in his ability to hit shots from deep which would help spread the floor, while still rebounding at a solid rate and intimidating opponents attacking the rim. He might not be the incredible defensive player he once was, but beggars can't be choosers. Millsap is the veteran version of what the Warriors hope Eric Paschall will be eventually. He would be an immediate major roster upgrade at the wing and small-ball power forward position, and the impressive development of his 3-point stroke has made him into a lethal 44 percent shooter from deep.
If the Price is Right
Aron Baynes (33 years old)
22.2 MIN, 11.5 PPG, 48 percent FG, 35 percent 3-PT, 5.6 REB
Jae Crowder (30 years old)
29.2 MIN, 10.4 PPG, 38 percent FG, 32 percent 3-PT, 6.1 REB, 2.6 AST
Sure, maybe Baynes would have to apologize to Steph Curry again for breaking his left hand earlier this season, but the former teammate of Klay Thompson at Washington State would be a great addition to the roster. He is a tough and physical player down low, and over the last couple years has become a reliable outside shooter. Many assume that he can get more money on the market than what the Warriors can give, but with the financial windfall from the pandemic still unknown, Baynes might be available at the MLE.
Crowder's salary will likely fall somewhere in between the MLE and the veteran minimum. He is a gritty defender and brings an attitude to the court that a young team like the Warriors could use from the wing position. His shooting percentages were not good this last season, and he can be a streaky offensive player. But in general, he is viewed as a steady player in a winning environment.
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Glenn Robinson III (26 years old)
29.1 MIN, 11.8 PPG, 49 percent FG, 38 percent 3-PT, 4.3 REB
Alec Burks (29 years old)
27.3 MIN, 15.1 PPG, 40 percent FG, 37 percent 3-PT, 4.4 REB, 2.9 AST, 1.0 STL
It would not be crazy to see one or even two of these former Warriors back on the wishlist. Like Crowder, it is more likely than not that all four of these veteran's salaries might fall between the MLE and the vet minimum, which likely is a disappointment to both Robinson and Burks, who had hoped to parlay a good season with the Warriors into a better payday. Unfortunately for both players, the midseason trade to the 76ers hurt their overall production and value, and some teams might view them as good players on a bad team, rather than helpful pieces on winning teams.
It would be a big surprise if the Warriors did not at least try to bring back GR III, who made a great impression on the team with his steady, under-the-radar yet solid play as the team's small forward. Robinson off the bench behind Wiggins would help solidify that position. Burks had some great games with the Warriors, and could also be the offensive spark plug off the bench they will need.
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Justin Holiday (31 years old)
24.9 MIN, 8.4 PPG, 44 percent FG, 42 percent 3-PT, 3.2 REB
Kent Bazemore (31 years old)
25.1 MIN, 8.7 PPG, 37 percent FG, 34 percent 3-PT, 4.3 REB, 1.1 STL
Bazemore would bring more intangibles than Holiday, with his high energy and motor. But he is also a streaky shooter, while Holiday has become a great catch-and-shoot threat from deep.
Veteran Role Players
E'Twaun Moore (31 years old)
18.8 MIN, 8.6 PPG, 42 percent FG, 38 percent 3-PT, 2.4 REB
Marvin Williams (34 years old)
19.4 MIN, 6.1 PPG, 44 percent FG, 36 percent 3-PT, 2.8 REB
They might not be the sexiest acquisitions, but both could be useful off the bench. Williams has been around a long time and is a consistent, yet unspectacular performer on both defense and offense. Moore had been a starter with the Pelicans for a couple years as the shooting guard, and has shown flashes of being a knock down shooter that could space the floor for the Warriors.