SAN FRANCISCO — At one level early within the NBA playoffs, Golden State Warriors common supervisor Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr had a dialog about how they did not really feel their group was championship caliber. They noticed themselves as a Western Convention finals group, perhaps, however in contrast with the title groups they’d labored with up to now, this one did not have the plain markers of a champion.
However then the playoffs began, and with every spherical, the Warriors acquired higher and higher.
“As we went, I feel Bob and I each sort of shifted our opinion,” Kerr mentioned. “Like we stored getting higher, and it is like, wait a second, perhaps we do have an opportunity.”
Now, there’s a feeling that this group is simply getting began and shall be even higher subsequent yr. That needs to be a daunting thought for some across the league, however for that to occur, it means the Warriors want most, if not all, of their gamers to return. And that may be tough.
“Free company, unrestricted particularly … it’s in our management to a sure extent, however in some methods, it isn’t,” Myers mentioned in his end-of-season information convention on Wednesday. “I hope that our gamers will give us an opportunity to reply to a suggestion. They do not must. They do not owe it to us. However that is what you get should you win and also you create a great surroundings. You would possibly get an opportunity to match one thing.”
Myers added: “Our purpose, our hope is to convey all these guys again and attempt to do it once more. They have been all nice in several methods and all fill totally different wants for us. … Plenty of our free brokers had massive moments within the NBA Finals, which suggests they’re fairly essential.”
The Warriors’ unrestricted free brokers are Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala, Damion Lee, Gary Payton II and Juan Toscano-Anderson. Looney, Porter and Payton are the important thing free brokers they’d prefer to convey again.
Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole are additionally up for contract extensions. Whereas Myers acknowledged these agreements may not be settled on for some time, he known as them “a giant precedence.” With Poole up for a rookie extension, the Warriors have till Oct. 17 to signal an extension. For Wiggins, who’s getting into the ultimate yr of his five-year contract from Minnesota, there is no such thing as a deadline.
“All these negotiations tackle a lifetime of their very own,” Myers mentioned. “They’re all totally different. However I do know with a man like Jordan, often, these issues come right down to sort of coaching camp and end-of-the-line deadline. … We’re a good distance from determining what Andrew needs and what his agent needs, however I do know what we would like. We wish to hold him, and we will make each effort to maintain each these guys. They have been large for us.”
With the Warriors unsure about what their roster will seem like in just some weeks, it will likely be troublesome for them to have an actual plan heading into Thursday’s draft, through which they’ve the twenty eighth, fiftieth and 51st picks.
“You realize, that is the, I suppose, drawback of getting the draft earlier than free company. We do not know,” Myers mentioned. “That lends itself to saying, let’s take the most effective participant. If we discover that we’re unbalanced at a place, then let’s attempt to recuperate in free company.”
As a result of Golden State has so many free brokers, Myers mentioned he is not involved about preserving a roster spot for anybody, as a substitute of utilizing a draft decide.
He additionally made clear that cash won’t be the figuring out issue if the Warriors retain their picks or commerce them away. It will come down to suit and impression.
“The payroll is already, as you already know, the very best within the league,” Myers mentioned. “Second place is not that shut. That’ll change over time, however Joe [Lacob] has all the time wished to win. … It is simply depending on if we predict we will get worth in free company for a few of these guys. We’re not simply going to spend. We did not try this final yr.”
What Myers and the Warriors’ entrance workplace opts to do with their draft picks will most probably come right down to the wire Thursday evening. As for his or her free brokers, they will have to attend till early July for any selections to be made there.
However the Warriors know they wish to run it again with as most of the identical gamers as attainable as they attempt to dwell as much as their phrases and get even higher than this championship season.