Almost a week has passed by, and some Warriors fans still have not gotten over it. They want to know why did Kevin Durant leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets?
In fairness, other Warriors fans are curious about other things. They want to know how the Warriors will finalize the rest of their roster. Or the likelihood that a trade happens next season. Or how the team will look itself. All of which sets up for a comprehensive mailbag.
Here’s a few appetizers first. I dove into Warriors rookie Jordan Poole and how he thrives off having an under-dog mentality. I also explained in depth on why the Warriors are intrigued with 18-year-old Serbian big man Alan Smailagic. My colleague Cam Inman caught up with Steph Curry on KD, the Dubs and his golf game. I also caught up with Quinn Cook on his time with the Warriors and his new gig with the Lakers.
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What’s the vibe towards kd from warriors players? Also, who do you see starting at sf? — — Leon86788189
Hard to say since lots of the players are enjoying their offseason. Publicly, though, all the Warriors have taken the professional stance. Steph and Cook simply expressed that they relished their time together and wish him well. Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob thanked Durant for his help with winning two NBA titles and said that no one will ever wear a No. 35 Warriors jersey under his watch. More comments will emerge this summer and next season, but the Warriors want to give off the public stance that they are more appreciative of what Durant did than lamenting or questioning that he left.
As for your second question, the small forward starting spot does not look good. So far, it is either Alfonzo McKinnie, Glenn Robinson III or Alec Burks. That position seems up for grabs, and it is a position the Warriors might fight all season to address.
“What’s the real story behind KD’ s sour attitude? Is the team relieved he is gone now? Asking for a friend…” — curtiefoo
The Warriors would much rather have Durant back than leave for obvious reasons. That being said, there was a weary vibe around the Warriors last season because of all the speculation about Durant’s free agency and how that affected team dynamics. Who knows what is said behind closed doors. But Draymond’s outburst at least captured that there was some feeling of resentment and annoyance over Durant’s pending free agency sucking so much oxygen out of the room. Still, there’s plenty of people around the Warriors that pinpointed that issue on more of the media’s fascination than any frustration with Durant himself.
“what kind of “revised role” is ron adams going to have next season?” — itsdeuce
With Adams committing to the Warriors after talking with the Lakers, it is not exactly clear what that revised role will entail. The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson reported that Adams will have a bigger teaching role. It also seems plausible Adams received a raise. Those things often happen when an outside company expresses interest.
“Do you see Russell eventually being traded to get a starting SF such as Covington?” — @AleRMacri
I see Russell being traded after Dec. 15 or leading into the trade deadline, but it remains hard to see for who. I could see the Warriors feeling they need to upgrade that position, but I could also see the Warriors collecting expiring contracts and draft picks. That way the Warriors will have plenty of ways to upgrade their roster next summer.
“What have you heard are the Warriors plan with Julian Washburn and the two-way spots in general?” — @GSWReddit
As I reported here, the Warriors signed Washburn to a two-way contract. Ky Bowman is the other player on a two-way contract.
“How are they going to solve their 2020 draft pick? Will they just decide not to draft in 2020 or are they going to try and pull something off?” — @NotAdriel
My sense is that the Warriors will try to collect draft picks as part of a future Russell deal.
“Are the Warriors gonna offer Draymond the 4 year 100m Max extension and if they do, Will he accept it?” — @DastarLegend19
“Can we afford to give Dray the max? He 100% deserves it, but we’re broke.” — @SOMDLABBU
The Warriors will try to sign Draymond to an extension. I doubt he accepts it, though. And why would he? Draymond will make more next summer if he waits, especially if he wins the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award. That being said, the Warriors have enough money and will spend every money to keep Draymond. The Warriors want to keep Steph, Klay and Draymond as their core long term. Even if Draymond will start fighting Father Time in upcoming seasons, the Warriors realize how unique of a player he is. They can deal with any issues later on when the time comes.
“What is the status of Damion Lee’s qualifying offer?” — @francisenomoto
He’s not on the roster. The Warriors have 14 players on regular-season contracts, and are more likely to keep their last spot open to save money and so they can acquire an extra player in a mid-season trade. The Warriors would love having Lee on their training camp roster, but my sense is Lee wants a regular-season contract. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes elsewhere.
“Is there any more room under the hard cap to add a 15th player like Damian Lee or a wing? Will Steve let McKinnie, Robinson and Burks battle for the starting 3 position? Warriors” — @BAMunleashed
“A lot of speculation that Iguodala could return if he is bought out after another trade. But there seemed to be some perceived tension between he and the team with some comments he made on his book tour. Is his return a real possibility?” — @theroodhimself
There’s no tension between the Warriors and Iguodala’s comments. First off, Iguodala’s comments were taken out of context. He clarified what he meant in an interview here. Secondly, the Warriors would not do something that petty. They traded Iguodala because he’s on an expiring contract and they needed to clear cap space after being subject to a hard cap following the D’Angelo Russell sign-and-trade with Brooklyn. IF Iguodala is bought out, I could see it as a real possibility that the Warriors bring him back. Lots of moving parts to that, though.
“Seems like Dubs will have to choose two out of three possibilities for spots # 13 & 14 – Spellman, Zo, D Lee. Presumably they’d like Lee to take another 2 way deal. What are the chances of that? Can they back out of Bowman deal if they want to?” — @hausens
They already locked up Bowman and Washburn up on two-way deals. D. Lee is in a gray area of being above a two-way deal, but being squeezed out of regular-season roster. Warriors plan to keep McKinnie and Spellman, but they both have non-guaranteed deals before Jan. 10.
“What do you think is a realistic expectation for Smailagic next year in terms of time spent in Santa Cruz and playing time with Golden State?” — @JPowhatan
Smailagic is on a regular-season contract, so he won’t have to spend his time with the Warriors conservatively. But I think there’s going to be plenty of times Smailagic is sent down to the G-League during the Warriors’ lengthy trips. The Warriors do not want to shortcut his development. But they think he can be something special. So there is optimism that Smailagic is capable of playing regular-season minutes.
“Is McKinnie signed? If not, what are the plans for that 14th spot (another vet min or let some guys fight it out in training camp)? Also, do we have enough room under the apron to sign someone mid-season (like we did with Bogut last year)?” — @EricaCher4
McKinnie is signed on a non-guaranteed deal. Warriors already have 14 players, and are likely to keep last roster spot open to see how training camp and pre trade-deadline deals shake out. The Warriors have enough room for a veteran’s minimum deal. The Warriors feel they are better off keeping that spot open, though, to save some money and increase their roster flexibility.
“Can the warriors add another player, if they can who would you go after” — @TWall24
The Warriors can, but they do not plan on doing that. They’re better off maximizing the players they have and then seeing if any of them are worthy to flip for a future trade. Outside of Steph, Klay and Draymond, of course.
“Who else rolls blunts good besides Steve Kerr?” — @Eddy_Echo
Ha! Nick Young would know much more than me. I have no idea. Given my position, it would not be fair to speculate. But it would be funny to imagine!