Are the Golden State Warriors waving the white flag this season? After major roster losses in the summer, Golden State was hoping to stay elite in the West with the combined powers of Draymond Green, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson.
Through 4 games, it is clear that the Dubs are just not deep enough to play at a high level for the rest of the season, and now they’ll have to go without Stephen Curry for at least a few months.
In light of this reality, the Warriors are shifting their focus this season.
“I don’t think there’s anybody in Golden State who expects Stephen Curry back at least within the next couple of months,” Woj said. “Bob Myers will be out on the road scouting because they’re going to have a very high draft pick in this coming draft.
“This is a team that probably was headed toward the lottery anyway and now you look at the lineup they’re going to be putting out on that floor … This is a team that is going to be in the lottery, and probably deep in the lottery. Remember, they have a protected first-round pick going to Brooklyn in the sign-and-trade that brought them D’Angelo Russell, but that means they’ll keep that pick this year and they’ll have a chance to get back up really high in this draft and maybe get an impact player and then try to come back next year with Curry, Klay Thompson, certainly Draymond Green and that core. They’ll have the mid-level exception they can use in free agency.
“Their plan was always for the next couple years to try to build back up to be a team that could advance in the Western Conference playoffs. Right now they’re on the outside looking in.”
Essentially, the Dubs are not blind to the situation. They know that the Western Conference playoff race will likely move on without them this spring. Instead of competing with that goal in mind, they will try to re-tool for contention down the road.
What that might look like is anyone’s guess, but D’Angelo Russell (among others) could be a huge part of those plans moving forward.