Warriors free-agent targets: These nine guards could fit Dubs
Not happening: Fred VanVleet, Joe Harris
These two players would be the dream additions for the Warriors, but unfortunately, they will just be too expensive for them to sign. VanVleet has earned the right to get starting point guard money, and Harris is one of the elite shooters in the league.
Moral of the story is that it would have to be a fluke situation for one of these guys to end up on the Warriors roster.
Probably too expensive: Goran Dragic
Why would the Warriors want to spend their whole midlevel exception on a 34-year-old guard that is not known for his defense? Well, because Dragic can still get buckets.
This season Dragic played 28 minutes per game off the bench, and scored over 16 points. He still can be a lightning rod off the bench, and the Warriors would love to have someone that can score when Steph Curry and Klay Thompson sit. At the end of the day, however, there likely is a team that is willing to pony up a little more dough to attain Dragic on a short-term deal.
Solid, unspectacular vets: E'Twaun Moore, DJ Augustin
Augustin is your classic veteran backup point guard. At 32 years old, and having played for eight different organizations, it is easy to see why the Warriors might be interested in his experience. He can run the offense and never has been a turnover-prone guard. Augustin is a career 38 percent shooter from long range but his size at 5-foot-11 always has been his biggest detractor, so defensively he struggles at times.
Moore is a former starter for the New Orleans Pelicans who can hit some 3s and play some average defense. He's undersized for a shooting guard at 6-3, and not an impressive ball handler or playmaker, but has made 39 percent of his shots from deep in his career.
Combo-guard/wings: Pat Connaughton, Alec Burks
Connaughton is a spark plug off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks. At 6-5, he uses his exceptional athleticism to attack rebounds and sprint on the fast break. His 3-point shot is streaky, and there are games where he is a non-factor, but there also are moments that he shines. It is likely that he can earn a little more than the minimum, so how much exactly that is could be the answer to whether or not the Warriors are interested.
Burks obviously is a known commodity to the Dubs. He is comfortable in the playmaker role, and can play guard or small wing. He showed flashes of being a dynamic scorer who could potentially play solid defense, but that was for a poor Warriors team where he could be a primary featured player. If the Warriors were confident that Burks could do that in a much more limited role, then they would definitely take a hard look at bringing him back.
Let's have some fun: Matthew Dellavedova, Marco Belinelli
It's intriguing to think about how Warriors fans would feel if the team brought in Dellavedova. Keep in mind, he did go to college in the Bay Area at Saint Mary's. If this were four years ago, the Dubs would not have been able to afford him, but now he will more than likely be a training camp invite type player that will have to fight for a spot on a team. His shot and playmaking have deteriorated over the years, but he still is the scrappy, hardworking professional that irritated Dub Nation years ago.
There might finally be an opportunity for the Warriors to bring back Belinelli, after so many different rumors of the years. The former Warriors first-round draft pick has become a seasoned pro with plenty of high intensity playoff experience. He can still make some 3s, but at 34 years old, he has lost a step in all other aspects of his game. Perhaps returning to Golden State will be the perfect reunion to rejuvenate his career.