2014 Golden State Warriors

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Golden State Warriors (Last Year: 51-31)

2013-14 Season Summary:
Despite finishing with their best record in 22 years, the Golden State Warriors fired third-year head coach Mark Jackson and quickly replaced him with Steve Kerr. Led by Stephen Curry, the Warriors have the pieces in place to be a contender in the Western Conference. Management doesn’t seem content though, and there have been rampant rumors about the franchise making a run at Kevin Love or trying to shop sharpshooter Klay Thompson.

2014-15 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Andrew Bogut/Marreese Speights/Festus Ezeli/Ognjen Kuzmic

PF: David Lee/Draymond Green

SF: Andre Iguodala/Harrison Barnes

SG: Klay Thompson/*Jordan Crawford

PG: Stephen Curry/Nemanja Nedovic

NBA Free Agents:

*G-Jordan Crawford (RFA)

C-Jermaine O’Neal (UFA)

PG-Steve Blake (UFA)

C-Hilton Armstrong (TO)

2014-15 Team Salary: Approximately $65.1 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Be Aggressive, but How Aggressive?: The Warriors could hold pat with their current roster and like this past season, be a solid playoff team in the West. Kevin Love trade talks reportedly got very serious, but have recently cooled off. He would obviously be a tremendous addition alongside Stephen Curry, but is Love worth bringing in when there is no guarantee that he will be on the team for more than one year? And is Thompson worth trading at this point? Or maybe shopping Harrison Barnes?

2. Guard Depth: Jordan Crawford is a restricted free agent, so Nemanja Nedovic is the only reserve guard guaranteed to be under contract for next season. Nedovic played sparingly during his rookie season, so the Warriors cannot count on him to be ready for a significant increase in minutes. Even if Crawford does return, Golden State should look to add a veteran guard who can play 12-15 minutes per night.

3. Healthy Frontcourt: Can we talk about the Andrew Bogut contract extension for a second? I didn’t get it and still don’t think he’s the worth the 3-year, $36 million the Warriors gave him this season. Why were they so quick to give him that money? Okay, quick tangent over.

With Jermaine O’Neal a free agent, the Warriors need to get Festus Ezeli back healthy to shore up their inside. Ezeli missed all of last season with a knee injury, and with Bogut’s past health history, Golden State would be smart to add another big man as insurance in case O’Neal does not return.

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