Following a disappointing 2019-20 season, the Golden State Warriors are eyeing a resurgent campaign. The Warriors have their focus directly on getting back into the title picture. However, the franchise suffered a massive hit to their championship aspirations after losing All-Star guard Klay Thompson to a devastating injury.
The Warriors are eyeing bounce-back season
The Golden State Warriors entered last season coming off five straight NBA Finals appearances, which took a significant step back.
The Warriors struggled to find any sustainable success due to injuries and inconsistency that plagued their roster. The team finished with one of the worst records in the league. The franchise did have luck bounced their way with earning the second overall pick this year’s draft, which they used to take promising big man James Wiseman.
All the gears continued to shift toward more hype around the franchise’s future. The buzz took a significant hit after Klay Thompson was struck with another disappointing injury.
Klay Thompson suffers a season-ending torn Achilles tendon
The Golden State Warriors were hit with a gut punch on Wednesday after it was revealed that star guard Klay Thompson suffered a leg injury.
The Warriors held their breath throughout the day, hoping for optimistic news about what many believed was a severe injury. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Golden State’s worst fears came to fruition as an MRI revealed a torn Achilles tendon that will sideline him for the entire 2020-21 season.
Thompson had worked his way back onto the practice court over the last several months in his lengthy recovery from a torn ACL that occurred in June 2019. The hope was that the star guard would be back in the fold as a significant contributor, but the injury now places uncertainty around his NBA future.
Achilles tendon injuries are quite difficult to return from as many players aren’t the same following it. Early reports suggest that Thompson can make a full recovery, but it puts his entire NBA career on a new path.
Beyond that, his loss takes a significant hit to the Warriors’ title hopes next season as he has played a massive part in their success. The injury will now likely have a ripple effect on the front office’s moves ahead in the shortened offseason.
What will Golden State do now?
With Klay Thompson out for at least the 2020-21 season, the Golden State Warriors are pushed into a challenging situation.
The franchise holds the benefit of still possessing a now healthy Stephen Curry leading the charge, but the rest of the roster must be addressed. Thompson’s injury will see an increased dependency on Andrew Wiggins as the secondary offensive option behind Curry.
Meanwhile, Draymond Green and rookie James Wiseman will play crucial roles in the frontcourt on both ends of the floor. The Warriors also have the opportunity to add to their roster this offseason through the trade market. They possess the unique asset with their $17.2 million trade exception, created from the Andre Iguodala deal last year.
Golden State has toyed with the idea of utilizing the exception, which the team may now have to add more firepower to the mix. The exception will expire on Nov. 23, which puts the Warriors’ backs to the wall to find a way to use it before that date.
Regardless if Golden State uses the trade exception, the team will likely aggressively look to make moves to help fill the massive void left by Thompson.