NBA Trade Rumors – The Golden State Warriors looks locked and loaded in hopes of returning to their former glory following a terrible 2019-2020 season where they finished dead last in the Western Conference. But just when the league is preparing for the return of NBA’s deadly shooting assassins, Klay Thompson will miss yet another entire season after suffering a season-ending torn Achilles injury in November.
Will this major setback be too tough for Curry and the Warriors to overcome and finish with another terrible season? Or will they still have a chance of redemption in the 2020-2021 season in the form of new acquisitions this offseason?
Oubre Brought in on the Fly
Klay Thompson’s injury sent General Manager Bob Myers and the entire Warriors franchise into panic mode. The Dubs acted quickly and made an emergency signing of Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Phoenix Suns. In acquiring Kelly Oubre, he becomes an insurance policy to lend Steph a helping hand on the offensive load.
This young 24-year-old forward averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Phoenix Suns last season. With his amazing season in Phoenix, he has established that he can be a reliable shooter. Oubre played that role well with the Suns as he was 45.2% from the field, with 35.2% from 3-point range. While Oubre Jr. is a capable starter, an energetic baller, and can surely make his shots, this is simply not enough to replicate Thompson’s elite-level shooting and on-ball defense.
Right now, the Warriors projected starting lineup will consist of Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre, Draymond Green, and James Wiseman. This actually looks like a competitive lineup but the nagging issue within the Warriors roster is the bench depth.
If we take a look at the Warriors bench, Steve Kerr has Paschall, Looney, Chriss, and some recent additions like Bazemore, Wanamaker, plus the rookie Nico Mannion to work as his second unit. Steve Kerr and the Warriors organization know very well that this isn’t exactly a second unit that can intimidate other opposing teams.
This is exactly why General Manager Bob Myers, with the Warriors front office, has been digging deeper in the free agency list and exploring further options following the Kelly Oubre trade.
There are still a handful of free agents the Dubs can acquire to revamp their roster before the pre-season starts on December 11.
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