With the passing of the NBA commerce deadline comes the dawn of written agreement buyout season, and you can expect the Warriors to be progressive there.
The NBA commerce deadline is over. Now it's the Warriors' time to make a move.
Golden State never conceived to be progressive at Thursday's commerce deadline, so the lack of a dealing wasn't precisely a surprise. The last time the team made a mid-season commerce: February 2014.
So, what's next? The buyout marketplace, that's what.
Plenty of attrprogressive options are anticipated to be available for the Warriors on what should be a reasonably beefy written agreement buyout marketplace. It remains to be seen whether they will prioritize a wing or a big, but in either case, they should be able to find someone who can aid in their push for a 3rd sequent NBA championship.
Six players could -- and likely should -- be at the top of the Warriors' list, should they go available.
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Draymond Green was the 3rd player the Warriors selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. Golden State took Harrison Barnes seventh overall, Festus Ezeli at No. 30 and Draymond at No. 35.
When the kid from Saginaw, Michigan entered the league, absolutely nothing was guaranteed to him.
As a rookie, he only averaged 13.4 minutes per game. He had major doubts about his long-term NBA prospects and thought he may have to go overseas.
Two years later, he was an All-Defense First-Team selection and arguably the second most indispensable player on a title-winning squad.
"One of my motivations was -- I want to take care of my mom," Draymond explained on the Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum and Jordan Schultz. "I don't want my mom to live the life that she had to live raising me for the rest of her life. And so how can I change that? How can I change it to where my kids never understand the struggles that I had as a child.
"So what can I do through the game of basketball to help change that? And those are some of the things that motivated me."
In July 2015, Draymond accomplished those goals when he signed a five-year, $82 million extension with the Warriors. Boom. Set for life financially.
"So now what's that thing that's pushing you? Legacy. I want to make it to the Hall of Fame," Draymond explained. "I've been fortunate enough to make a couple All-Star Games and win a couple championships. What's that next thing that's pushing me? One thing I know that I can always grab onto and reach for it all day is to make it to the Hall of Fame.
"No matter what, all day I play this game of basketball, I am working towards that. And it does not stop until I'm done playing this game. Every time I step on the floor and I don't feel like playing, that's something that can push me. That's something that's gonna make me say, 'Well, if I want to do this, I have to go out here and give it 110 percent. I don't feel like waking up and working out, but I gotta go do this if I want to make it to the Hall of Fame.'
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"That's kind of where I am today. I just wanted to restructure my goals to be something that I know I just have to work towards it all individual day."
Does the two-time All-NBA selection have some work to do to get enshrined? Yes he does. But you should bet on him ending up in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
Editor’s note: Kerith Burke, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors reporter, will take you inside the two-time defending NBA champions as only she can each Friday with the Ask Kerith Mailbag. Send her a question on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #askkerith
The mailbag was tough to write this week because I see all your questions about KD's free agency, or whether DeMarcus Cousins could come back next season, or who the Warriors will try to scoop up on the buyout marketplace, and the answer is I don’t know. These are future-based questions, and I don’t know what happens in the future.
I’m not saying that to be flippant. I’m saying the uncertainty of the future is something all human on the planet grapples with. It’s agonizing to want to know and not have the answers you seek. As it pertains to sports and fandom, when you love a team or love a player, you create a connection to them that could make you feel entitled to answers as well.
Some answers don't exist yet. I’m going to tell you “I don’t know” when I don’t know.
Occasionally, when reporters probe, here’s what happens:
KD wasn't having it with the reporters tonight. pic.twitter.com/pRv4t4IXlM— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 7, 2019
@MikeVorkunov Will Kevin Durant leave the Warriors for the Knicks? Thanks, Someone Who Wants To Know How to Plan For July
@calh2water Will Durant bail?
Mike Vorkunov is a Knicks reporter. Very funny, Mike. The Knicks’ commerce with the Mavs opened a lot of salary-cap space, enough to land two superstars. Will it be KD and Kyrie Irving, as you wrote, Mike? What if the Knicks don’t get KD and Kyrie, as Mike also wondered? The Knicks' organization is confounding.
The Kristaps Porzingis commerce makes things interesting. But did you see the way the Knicks smeared Porzingis on his way out? Players talk. They warn each other about unhealthy environments. Here’s a deeper look at what made Porzingis sour.
Since 2008, the Knicks have had six head coaches. The front office has changed frequently, and even Phil Jackson couldn’t add some stability. The Knicks' owner is Jim Dolan, and you can read about him here. Or have fun on Google. Start with “Jim Dolan and Charles Oakley.”
To me, there are concerns about the environment in New York. That’s a city that can love you and HATE you in the same week. If the Knicks are a team KD is considering during free agency, he can get the inside scoop about what it’s really like to be in that organization from his friend, Royal Ivey, a Knicks assistant coach. KD and Ivey go back to their time together in OKC.
The Knicks keep coming up as a place for KD, but I don’t know if NYC is a destination he's considering. Even talking about it this much feels like there’s some certainty attached to it, and there is not.
KD is a deep thinker and feeler. He’ll explore his options from all angle. He might not know until the end of the season how he’s feeling.
The environment is good at Golden State. I think it would take a lot for KD to leave.
Does KD want a different challenge? What are the career goals that he has yet to satisfy? What would he like for his legacy? What is the environment he wants off the court?
There’s only one place those answers reside, and that's Kevin Durant's head. We got a glimpse inside KD's head Wednesday night when he proclaimed: “I just don’t trust none of y'all. Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out in so many different publications to try to tear me down with my words that I say. So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem. I just want to play ball. I want to go to the gym and go home. That’s all."
@JesseCrosson Hello again, Kerith! Up close, does the vibe of the team feel like a crew going for one last run or does it feel like they genuinely want to keep the train rolling after this year? With so much FA noise it’s tough to get a read but I know these boys want (and deserve) to get paid.
There’s one guy on the team I trust to speak like he’s on truth serum at all times: Klay Thompson. Since the start of the season, plus answers sprinkled in at practice, to postgame comments, Klay has steadily mentioned the goal to win a 3rd sequent NBA championship.
Klay’s enthusiasm to three-peat tells me the rest of the team is feeling this moment, too. This roster will be regarded as one of the best collections of talent assembled in NBA history. If you ever read The Outsiders in high school, you know nothing gold can stay. Nothing is certain season to season. There’s an urgency to seize this moment now while the Warriors have it.
@JamesCeragioli Hi Kerith. Conventional wisdom is this is a one year deal with Boogie...If KD does leave, would they look to keep Boogie and Klay? ...and will Draymond get a max deal? What's your vision of this team next year? I think this is the best team they have ever had. #AskKerith
I still feel like it’s a one-year deal with Boogie, but Bob Myers cracked the door open for a possible return.
Klay feels like a lock to return because I believe a guy who says “I would like to be a Warrior for life.” Truth serum.
As for Draymond, I don’t know. Like Steve Kerr has repeated, the Warriors would not have their championship banners were it not for Draymond. He is the heartbeat. He already took a paycut. Draymond knows the sacrifices he made in his paycheck and the ones he makes on the court guarding bigger opponents. There’s no one else like him in the NBA, and he likely has the leverage for whatever deal he wants, wherever he wants it.
@amc_boriqua510 Why can’t Jerebko get playing time anymore when he played so well earlier this season?
@Bballtweets3 How has Jonas Jerebko been dealing with the decrease in playing time he's had since Boogie's come back, besides the extra time he took off to be a new papa? #AskKerith
I asked Steve this week about Jerebko’s place in the rotation, and he said Cousins’ return has affected Jonas the most. But Steve predicted that situation back when Jerebko signed with the team. They’ve talked about it, and Jerebko understands.
Steve added: “It’s one of the reasons Jonas is so valuable. He understands the circumstances. He gets the league, so he’ll be ready when his number is called upon, and I know we can count on him. It’s not easy being in that role, but that’s the role.”
Jerebko has more than a decade in the league. He knows minutes can vary based on the situation, and he’s handling it like a pro.
He shared a picture of his two daughters, Izabel and newborn Celine, on Instagram on Thursday.
Steph Curry officially is participating in the 3-point contest during the All-Star festivities in Charlotte, his hometown. He'll compete in that contest against his brother, Seth.
Steph has been in the 3-point contest five times, and he won in 2015. Klay beat him in 2016. Klay said he’s not participating in the contest this year so he can enjoy being a spectator and watch the Curry brothers do their thing.
Steph has a spotlight on him wherever he goes, but the attention during All-Star break will feel amplified because of the hometown connection and the family affair. I imagine he’ll put on a show.
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