Some of the best and --- let's be honest -- worst conversations regarding the Warriors take place on social media.
Strong voices and opinions of Dub Nation defend or criticize their squad, not afraid to share their thoughts with absolute authority. Many of these personalities live on Twitter, where everyone can be a general manager, coach, critic, troll and/or hot-taker.
In our Warriors Twitter Roundtable, we will share a five-part series of questions designed to touch on the major conversations floating around the Warriors Twitter world. Answering the questions will be a panel of some of the more prominent and revered voices within the community.
Part 1 had our panel name the five best players in the NBA, while Part 2 answered whether or not the Warriors should be considered contenders right now. Here is Part 3:
Who is your ideal (and reasonably realistic) addition for the Warriors using the mid-level exception?
@poormanscommish: I am definitely not the “Trade Machine” type, especially when the NBA title hasn’t even been determined and neither has the draft, which should reveal a lot about how (Warriors GM) Bob Myers intends to construct his 2020-21 roster. So there are tons of moving parts to this and usually I just sit back and watch how the cookie crumbles -- Warriors fans: You should try this! But to answer your question, I’m going to just go for the holy grail and hope the Raptors falter in the bubble (unlikely, I know), their GM Masai Ujiri starts a rebuild, and Marc Gasol accepts Bob’s MLE offer on what would be an epic-looking championship-contending starting five, as compared to max contract offers Gasol would get from bad teams.
@samesfandiari: Marc Gasol. High IQ player that can pass, shoot and defend. I view him like I view (Andre) Iguodala or (Andrew) Bogut. Beyond being a good player, his skillset amplifies those of the core players and takes the collective to a higher level.
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@Jannelle12: My Ideal addition would be Marc Gasol. He still is a capable defender and not scared to shoot the three. Also, he's also a solid passer. He'd be ideal in post-split action. Realistically, re-signing Alec Burks would be the move to make. Why? Because he already knows the system and would add additional scoring to a second unit that really needs it.
@AndyKHLiu: Marc Gasol. Not only is he perfect for Steve Kerr, he'd be the best addition to the bench since David West. Great passer, screen-setter, defender and shooter that will play both on the closing and second unit. There's no better player, I'd argue, that would fit this team, regardless of money. (Well, Giannis (Antetokounmpo) but that's another story).
@GSWReddit: Obviously Marc Gasol is a very popular pick among Warriors fans. He is probably the most ideal center Bob Myers could get for Kerr. A former Defensive Player of the Year who is an exceptional passer for a big, along with his ability to score around the rim and stretch the floor. A multi-faceted player like that would be perfect for this Warriors roster, especially at the center position where the Warriors are looking to upgrade. There are some concerns with him in regards to age and durability, but if he were to be available for the MLE, then he would be a great pickup. It remains to be seen how the Raptors will play things this offseason and they do retain his bird rights if they want to offer him something like a steep one-year deal to run it back.
If he’s unavailable, former-Warrior Justin Holiday might be an intriguing and more realistic candidate. He has had a very good season for the Pacers, shooting 42 percent from 3-point range on high volume and can offer some wing defense to a roster that badly needs it.
My take (@grantliffmann): It's crazy when the whole panel agrees, but Marc Gasol truly would be an ideal addition. But another ideal addition would be his teammate Serge Ibaka. The reason most people do not include Ibaka's name in their wish list is because there is an assumption that he will be seeking a big-money deal (which he probably deserves). But if we are talking possibilities that could be realistic, we have to consider the idea that the financial ramifications of the pandemic might be greater than even some anticipate, which would make attaining Ibaka on a one-year deal not completely out of the question, though yet again, very unlikely.