A few days into free agency and its easy to see what the Golden State Warriors have lost. Kevin Durant has decided to move on to Brooklyn, Andre Iguodala has been traded away, and Klay Thompson will most likely miss most of the season with his ACL tear. These losses overshadow the smart moves the Warriors have made this offseason. First, they gave Klay the max five years 190 million dollar deal, banking on the fact that he will come back the same after the injury. Next, they traded for D’Angelo Russell to play next to Curry while Klay is injured.
On top of that, they Resigned Kevon Looney, who was great off the bench last season, added another big man in Willie Cauley-Stein and added depth. If Livingston and McKinnie return and they add a few more depth signings to round out the roster, and this team will look similar to the team that made back to back finals appearances before Durant. The core is there, Curry, Russell, and Green will be the heart of the organization. All they have to do is make the playoffs, and Klay will be back as well. Durant was a luxury for the Warriors, with or without him; this is a team capable of making a run to the finals. The Warriors will make the playoffs while Klay recuperates, and with him back will make their 6th straight finals appearance. Don’t count the Warriors out.
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