The Golden State Warriors have enjoyed an unusually blissful paradise for the past three seasons. They kept their core together, signed Kevin Durant, signed DeMarcus Cousins, and won multiple Championships along the way.
Unfortunately, every dynasty comes to an end, and the Warriors are finding their time nearly up. The rumors all claim they will lose KD (and possibly more), and major injuries will keep them irrelevant for at least a season regardless.
Still, their primary plan remains the same: fork over their money to the injury-riddled Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
(via Brian Windhorst of ESPN)
“By the time free agency opens Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, the Warriors will have offered both Thompson and Durant full five-year maximum contracts. For Durant, that means $221 million, and for Thompson, $190 million. Even with the reality that Durant might miss all of next season recovering from a torn Achilles and Thompson might miss the bulk of it coming back from an ACL tear, this remains the Warriors’ first choice.”
If they fail to secure Durant, which seems likely at this point, they will look to re-sign another one of their banged-up stars.
“If a deal to sign and trade Durant can’t be worked out, the Warriors have the option of trying to retain DeMarcus Cousins.”
Though the Warriors can’t give DeMarcus Cousins a huge payday, they can assure him of a much larger role on the offensive end of the floor in the 2019-20 NBA season. That might be enough to get him back for at least another season.
If not, the Warriors will have to play their cards with a two-time unanimous MVP, a defensive player of the year, and arguably the second-best shooter in the game.