Warriors signing Otto Porter and Nemanja Bjelica, losing Kent Bazemore to Lakers
The Warriors have secured their core (Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson). Golden State is also unlikely to trade its most-intriguing other assets (James Wiseman, No. 7 pick Jonathan Kuminga, No. 14 pick Moses Moody).
That leaves tinkering in the margins of the rotation.
In: Otto Porter, Nemanja Bjelica.
Out: Kent Bazemore.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
Anthony Slater of the Athletic:
The Warriors are signing Nemanja Bjelica on a one-year veteran minimum, sources confirm. Stretch big who should fit well next to Draymond Green. Still have full TPMLE.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 3, 2021
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Porter is an excellent fit in Golden State. He shoots well on 3s, avoids mistakes and has the length to play sound defense. Health is a concern, which is a reason he didn’t last with the Bulls despite initially holding a big role in Chicago. (He finished last season with the Magic after the Nikola Vucevic trade.) But he’s a bargain at the minimum.
Bjelica is a stretch big. He has shown more creation ability internationally and even at times earlier in his NBA career. But it’s unclear whether the 33-year-old still possesses enough athleticism to expand his game in the NBA.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Bazemore’s bet pays on the Lakers’ championship chances over the Warriors’ pays off. He joins Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington as former Lakers rejoining the team.