Warriors free-agent targets: These 10 big men could fit Dubs
Too Expensive: Serge Ibaka, Montrezl Harrell, Tristan Thompson
Each of these three have their own unique set of skills that they bring to the court, and each of them would fit in perfectly with the Warriors. But, think again if you want them to end up with the Dubs.
Ibaka and Thompson have made a lot of money in their careers, but are at an age to get one more big long-term contract, and Harrell is yet to get the massive deal he deserves. Start looking elsewhere Warriors fans.
Dream scenario: Marc Gasol
Could I have included Gasol in the "Too Expensive" category? Absolutely. Yet this one feels a lot more logical of a connection on many levels. Gasol is at the tail end of his illustrious and lucrative career, and probably can decide where he wants to play on one, or perhaps two-year deals here on out. If he picks the Warriors as his destination and forgoes some money, he never will find a more perfect union when blending what he brings to the team and what the team needs.
He is a defensive-minded captain out on the court, in the same vein as Andrew Bogut. He also is a highly skilled passer on offense, a tremendous screen setter, and now a 40 percent shooter from deep. He is everything the Warriors conceptualize in that center spot, so landing him on just the midlevel exception would be a dream scenario.
You never know, but probably not: Aron Baynes, Derrick Favors
These guys in a normal offseason would be able to fetch a lot more than what the Warriors could give. But this offseason will be far from normal, and with teams potentially cash-strapped following all their 2020 financial losses, perhaps they may have a chance at these two after all.
Baynes will be looking for his first big payday, after putting together some gritty play in Phoenix and Boston the last couple years, and developing into a threat from long range. Being involved in the play where Steph Curry's hand broke this season probably won't dissuade the Warriors from trying.
Meanwhile, Favors made almost $19 million last season for the Pelicans, and averaged nearly a double-double. He is a tough, big-bodied veteran that played some high-intensity playoff basketball in Utah. The Warriors would be lucky to add someone of his pedigree at their price.
Space the floor: Meyers Leonard
Leonard is 7-feet tall and shot over 40 percent from deep in the last three seasons. Sounds like the perfect fit for the midlevel exception, right? Unfortunately, he can be robotic defensively, and struggle at times against quicker players. But yet again, for the money the Warriors have at their disposal, the idea of finding the "perfect" player does not seem realistic. It is hard to forget Leonard's career night against the Dubs in the postseason with the Blazers when he dropped 30 points with five 3's.
Young but full of potential: Harry Giles III, Christian Wood
Giles has all the potential general managers salivate over, but at 22 years old, injuries in part have kept him from becoming the star many expected him to be. If he is looking for a change of scenery without going too far, the Warriors could be an intriguing destination. Would the Warriors be willing to give up a big chunk of their very limited financial flexibility to sign a young, unpolished center? They are trying to win now, so perhaps not.
Wood burst on the scene to be a highly productive player this season for the Pistons. In all likelihood, Detroit will attempt to bring him back, and if not them, other teams will be able to spend more than the Dubs to acquire him to try to continue his blossom. If he fell to the Warriors' price point, they definitely would be intrigued.
Expensive or not, probably a no: Hassan Whiteside
For a guy to average over 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks per game, and yet still be a question mark in free agency, you'd have to know there are some serious concerns about his attitude and professionalism.
Perhaps the Warriors think they could surround Whiteside with their big three and impressive coaching staff and culture, to bring out the best of him. Or they just do not want to even put forth the effort. We will see.