As the Warriors enter the final 10 days of the regular season, the front office scans its large board of available players, hoping to find someone capable of reaching out to a team in need.
Like former Warriors big man Jordan Bell.
Why think of Bell, whose immaturity made the Warriors let him walk in 2019? Three reasons. First, he is a forward center who has played two seasons with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and knows the system; Second, Bell is available after the 10-day contract with the Wizards expired last week; and three, it would be easy for the bloated payroll.
But shop window shopping is deeper than a single player. The Warriors have two open lists, and Bell is among those on the list of possible additions. Coach Steve Kerr is on a rotation of eight, but on Thursday he admitted his desire for more.
“All we are doing now is trying to give ourselves the best chance of winning. If that means playing eight, then we are playing eight. But this is not something we want to do for a long time. Our boys could benefit from a little help. “
At least one player is expected to be added, perhaps as early as Friday, league sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.
Green, the best “big” on the list, struggles with a few pains as he starts with power forward and fills in the reserve center. The second best, Kevon Looney, ideally plays 18-22 minutes from the bench, but due to necessity is included in the starting lineup and averages 26.8 minutes in the last 13 games.
Pashal, another option in the center with small balls, missed five weeks with hip pain, but may return in the coming days.
The Warriors disembarked from a 2-2 trip, during which shortcomings related to their thin list were discovered. They could not finish in Minnesota and could not stay in the second of the two games in New Orleans.
“We are in full preparation for the game tournament and the playoffs,” Kerr said. “That means we have to be really sharp.”
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With the other six games, the Warriors took the floor on Thursday in ninth place in the Western Conference, but longed to climb to seventh or eighth place. They were half a game behind eighth-placed Memphis, but four games behind seventh-placed Portland.
Despite the shortlist, the Warriors are likely to wash two games against Oklahoma City, who have lost 18 of 19 and are in their infancy to recover. Then came Utah and Phoenix, the first two teams in the West, followed by hopes of playing in New Orleans and Memphis.
So, yes, Warriors need help if they want to have any reasonable chance of promotion.
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