Fatigue has set in for Warriors forward Draymond Green.
Since being one assist shy of a triple-double in an overtime loss in San Antonio on New Year’s Eve, Green has attempted just six shots despite playing over 40 minutes combined in his last two games.
In Saturday night’s 111-104 loss at Chase Center to the Detroit Pistons, Green was ejected midway through the third quarter after arguing with and mocking the game officials.
Head coach Steve Kerr cited Green’s energy level following the game and said he might need to give the star forward a few days off.
“I think the last couple games, he’s looked tired,” Kerr said. “I think you gotta remember that he’s the lone guy, the lone holdover from the group that’s been to the Finals five years in a row, and he looks tired to me.”
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Those extra playoff minutes are no joke, as Draymond has played in and started 104 playoff games over the past five seasons, spending almost 4,000 additional minutes on the court.
In a season that likely will see that Finals streak come to an end, it might be high time for Green to get some extended load management, especially with the Warriors sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Marreese Speights didn’t have an extended tenure with the Warriors, but it was full of exciting moments.
The reliable stretch four was a valuable reserve in Golden State, including being part of the 2015 NBA championship team. Since leaving the Bay Area after the 2015-16 season, Speights has played for two other NBA teams and spent a few seasons playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak putting a hold on American sports, Speights was slated to join the BIG3 via one of the league’s new expansion franchises.
“I just think it’s a platform for me to play basketball,” Speights said on a special, virtual edition of “Warriors Outsiders" last week. “I did a lot of things in the NBA, I won a championship, that’s the most important goal.
“So for me, being back to playing basketball is just gonna be fun.”
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The roar Speights would get if he took the floor at Chase Center sometime in the future would be incredible.
The league was scheduled to get underway in June, although it remains to be seen when many American sports will be able to pick things back up after this extended hiatus.
General manager Bob Myers and the Warriors front office have some work to do whenever the NBA offseason begins.
After five straight NBA Finals appearances, the Warriors have the worst record in the NBA this season.
So, it’s up to Myers and Co. to add a few pieces that will help the Warriors get back into contention for an NBA title.
In addition to having one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA Draft and a massive $17.2 million trade exception acquired in the Andre Iguodala deal, the Warriors will have the ability to use the taxpayer mid-level exception, which ESPN’s Bobby Marks estimated will be around $5.9 million.
That number is based on the salary cap, and if that number goes down due to the loss of revenue caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, the value of the taxpayer mid-level exception could shrink as well.
Hard capped by the D’Angelo Russell-Kevin Durant trade with Brooklyn last summer, the Warriors couldn’t go over the luxury tax line this past season. But in 2020-21, the hard cap is gone and Draymond Green’s contract extension kicks in, meaning Golden State will cross the luxury tax threshold.
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The Warriors can use the entire taxpayer MLE to sign one player or they can split up the total to sign several players.
Here are 11 pending free agents, in no particular order, that the Warriors could use the Taxpayer MLE on this offseason:
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