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Kerr says Warriors' roster for next season 'far from finished'

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The Warriors' front office and coaching staff have been watching the 2020 NBA Playoffs carefully. The entire organization knows the roster needs upgrades in order for Golden State to be a legitimate title contender in 2020-21.

As currently constructed, are the Warriors big enough or athletic enough to be one of the top teams in the league next season?

"I think we need to be more athletic, for sure," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The TK Show" podcast with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "We're obviously very skilled. But we don't have an overly athletic team.

"We've lost a lot of bounce and a lot of pop on the wings -- even at the center position. (So) right now, we're not big enough or athletic enough to get where we want to be. But we all know that.

"We have the draft and we have free agency to address all that stuff. And potential trades. I think (general manager) Bob (Myers) would be the first to tell you this roster is far from being finished."

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This is music to the ears of Warriors fans, who want to see the organization acquire some significant pieces this offseason. And fortunately for the franchise, it has the flexibility to do just that.

The Warriors have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft, a valuable 2021 first-rounder from the Minnesota Timberwolves (top-three protected), a $17.2 million traded player exception and the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception.

 

"I 100 percent think we can contend for a championship next year," Golden State executive vice president of basketball operations, Kirk Lacob, told NBC Sports Bay Area in mid-August. "If we don't, that's on us, and we gotta figure out what we're doing wrong.

"We 100 percent can -- we will. We've got a lot of ammo now. We didn't have ammo before. Now we've got (ways) to add to this. We just gotta get these next few pieces right, plain and simple. We gotta do it."

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The one thing that could put a dent in Golden State's plans is the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Warriors presumably still don't know how much they will spend on the roster because of losses in past, present and future revenue.

The assumption is that their aggression level will be dictated by what the salary cap/luxury tax will be, and perhaps more importantly, whether or not fans will be allowed at Chase Center next season.

There are myriad variables to figure out, but Kerr's comments should have Warriors fans excited for what's in store.

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