The Golden State Warriors have taken a significant step back this season, which was expected after the departure of star forward Kevin Durant and the ACL injury to star guard Klay Thompson. That, combined with Stephen Curry being out due to a surgically-repaired hand, has put them on the fast track to finish with one of the worst records in the league. Despite all that, the Warriors are keeping their eyes fixed on the long-term, which could now include them pursuing another NBA superstar to join their core group.
Warriors’ tough 2019-20 season
In the months heading into this campaign, it was anticipated that the Warriors would be challenged unlike they have over the last five years. There was plenty of roster upheaval beyond Durant’s departure, with key role players out of the mix.
That has placed many young and unproven players into prominent roles that they have struggled to excel in. It also hasn’t helped that their All-Star backcourt is out for potentially the rest of the season, with Curry and Thompson each dealing with significant injuries. It leaves All-Stars Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell attempting to steady the ship, which has been a colossal task in its own right.
There have been some encouraging moments, but it’s clear that the Warriors are headed towards missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. However, this downturn should be shortlived, especially with the team looking to add another star player.
Warriors are eyeing adding another All-Star
The last few years have made it quite clear that the Warriors will remain aggressive in adding star talent to their roster.
Golden State could shortly go down that path yet again as they have continued to monitor that situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves regarding All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns, according to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic.
The Warriors have been monitoring Karl-Anthony Towns’ situation in Minnesota. He’s under contract until 2023-24 but has less reason than Antetokounmpo to be thrilled with his team’s trajectory. This was a topic among multiple team executives at the recent G League Showcase, with a few relaying word that Towns is unhappy in Minnesota. The Wolves currently sit at 13th in the Western Conference, two spots ahead of the gap-year Warriors, looking at another lost season.
The Timberwolves have continued to march in the opposite direction over the past two seasons since their playoff berth. Meanwhile, Towns is locked into a long-term deal with the franchise through the next several years.
The possibility of joining the Warriors could be quite appealing but could come at a high cost that could mean that Russell may be the primary asset in any proposed trade package. There is still plenty of time for things to change, but it’s evident that Golden State wants to get back into title contention.
Big-splash move lies ahead of Warriors
The Warriors have always looked at the bigger picture of things that have helped them find much success over the last several years. The 2019-20 season is one that can be scraped away as a transition year to set up what should be a bounce-back campaign.
Golden State has a strong nucleus in Curry, Thompson, Green, and Russell, which is a strong starting point. The Warriors know the formula that it will take for them to get back on the mountaintop, which should see them look to acquire more depth to their roster as well.
What this signals more than anything else is that Golden State has their eyes on making another big splash move to get the most out of their current core group. It won’t be long until they are back in the NBA title conversation.