There are many things that the Golden State Warriors do not currently have. However, there is one valuable thing they do: clarity.
In a league where a tussle between them could lead to misery, the Warriors were faced with a season of waiting. There was how to manage the arrival of D&A Angelo Russell, how to manage the minimum flexibility of the roster due to a tight salary cap, how to manage Klay Thompson's reimbursement and balance the needs of the team.
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Steph Curry's injury largely eliminated this burden. After the shock of making another sad trip to the NMR and then visiting another future Hall of Fame in the recovery room, the leaders of the organization began to reassess and find positivity.
Suddenly they are given the opportunity to rest their stars, reset their asset base and renew their worn-out mental state. After all, light years are coming ̵
Don't call it the "Process," but the "Hyatus" may be right.
Here is what the Warriors now know:
They have their main players (Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green) still in their primers and they have all signed long-term contracts. Will all these contracts prove to be good deals? It's not clear, but it's better than worrying about free agency.
Their selection for the first round in 2020. A successful season would put them at risk of being transmitted to the networks.
$ 17 million trade exception to the Andre Iguodala deal. It will almost certainly not be used during the season due to their cap position, but it is well into July 7, 2020, opening up options for the off-season
New arena with long-term apartment and season ticket deals guaranteed by
The teams that will finish around the Warriors in ranking this season could only dream of this situation for next year. Yes, they will take a lot of beating in the coming months. There will be turmoil, there will be vacancies, there will be abuse. But there is more than light at the end of the tunnel. It's hardly even a tunnel.
When Curry went under Aaron Byne and broke his arm, there were many comparisons to the San Antonio Spurs in 1996-97, when former MVP David Robinson's injury resulted in a lottery win and a chance to draft Tim Duncan. The Warriors would like to make a comparison … if only the next project had Tim Duncan.
Wherever it lands, the choice of lottery will be a necessary boost. This year's list reflects how drafting so late year after year has cut through Golden State's depth.
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Warriors can be serious when they say they got hold of Russell because they saw him as a longtime seizure. But they can also be honest when they say that their short-term game plan has changed and that could ultimately lead them to explore the trade market for Russell after he is eligible for relocation on December 15th.
Shortly after Curry Lacob said he had no plans to dance. But Russell's move might just be good business, and Lacob, whether it was Mont Ellis or Andrew Bogut or Iguodala, was never afraid to approve a deal for the first time in business. General manager Bob Myers and Lacob have done it before, and they could do it again.
There were other teams that wanted Russell before the deal to sign and trade with Kevin Durant, one of them. like the Minnesota Timberwolves. By mid-season, there may be a number of suitors depending on how Russell plays, who will now receive the lion's share of shots in the Warriors offense.
If the Warriors decide to explore the market, some League Leaders think it's not unreasonable to think that the Warriors can get another first round pick plus a quality player for Russell's role, especially if they manage to make a deal where they take back pay.
Even if Russell looks like a great fit and the Warriors choose to keep him in the offseason, he could potentially have so much value next summer when the free agent pool is shallow and teams go hunting for talent upgrades. Although Myers and Lacob are not afraid to make difficult deals, they often do not make them mid-season. The last mid-season deal they made was in 2014.
Golden State has other players that might also hit the trading market: veterans like Willie Cowley-Stein and Alec Burks. Both have signed expectations to support players in the playoff contender.
With them on the list, the Warriors do not have the space under the hard cover to add a 15th man. Creating flexibility can allow them to look at many young players. They are already excited by newlyweds forcing Eric Pashal, who had 34 points on Monday night. Last season, they had Kendrick Noone, who impressed the entire league right now for Miami Heat, on his G-League roster, but couldn't get him out as he pursued another title.
Finding gold in the G-League this year will be one of the front office missions, and ultimately they will need a list and a paycheck to do so.  For the past five years, the Warriors have had only one game plan: winning the title. This year is something very different: using all the avenues you have to return to this mission next year. That starts now.