The Golden State Warriors have missed the NBA playoffs for two straight years now, but the organization is hoping that 2021-22 will ultimately break that unfortunate streak.
Part of the issue has been injuries. Two years ago, both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were sidelined. Last season, it was just Thompson.
The other problem has been poor decision-making by the front office. Golden State had the opportunity to add the reigning Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball to the roster in the draft, but instead opted to lie to him and take someone else.
This season, the Warriors will aim to rectify last year’s errors by making better use of the Nos. 7 and 14 picks they own in the 2021 NBA Draft. The hope is that they will be able to utilize those assets in getting Curry some help.
As noted by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors have a pretty clear-cut ‘Plan A’ that they hope to implement over the next couple of months.
“According to a league source, the Warriors’ ‘Plan A’ is to package the Nos. 7 and 14 selections for a starting-caliber player in his prime,” he reported.
This coincides with recent comments made by Draymond Green, who suggested a blockbuster trade could be on the horizon.
End of this Draymond Green soundbite on the Warriors’ upcoming offseason decisions: “There’s definitely some really good talent in this draft…There’s also some good talent in this league. So we’ll see what happens.” pic.twitter.com/Hvnd4aIQ5L
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 15, 2021
“There’s definitely some really good talent in this draft,” he told the media this week. “There’s also some good talent in this league. So we’ll see what happens.”
Thus far the Warriors have been linked to two blockbuster trades: one with the Philadelphia 76ers and the other with the Portland Trail Blazers. Whether either actually comes to fruition remains to be seen.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/qxOazLFLW7
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 15, 2021
One way or another, this promises to be an interesting next few months for the Warriors. What happens now will shape the franchise’s fortunes for the next decade to come.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.