The Golden State Warriors have been one of the best teams in the NBA for three years now, winning an NBA title in 2015 and breaking the record for most regular-season victories last season.
However, a big reason for that success is that the team had guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, along with forward Draymond Green, on team-friendly deals as the Warriors were making their run at history.
After this season - another that may end in an NBA title - that check is going to come due, though, and GM Bob Myers will be faced with some tough decisions.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Myers said recently that the Warriors will have to make some tough decisions on the 10 players who will become free agents at the conclusion of this season:
“We’ve got 10 free agents; there are a lot of balls to juggle in the offseason,” Myers said Friday on the Warriors Insider Podcast. “That’s good, though, because I think we’ve developed a culture where players want to stay.”
The 10 looming free agents are Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David West, JaVale McGee, Ian Clark, Zaza Pachulia, James Michael McAdoo, Matt Barnes and Kevin Durant (who can opt out of his deal after this year).
Assuming Durant isn't ready to leave the Bay Area after one season, Curry becomes the team's top target. Myers said he hopes one of the best pure shooters ever to play in the NBA will be in a Warriors jersey for a long time:
“For the record: We would love to have Steph Curry, going forward," he said. "Hopefully, he feels the same way. I think he does.”
After that, Iguodala and Livingston are the top targets for Myers and the rest of the Golden State front office:
“We’d love to keep them, and I’ve told them that,” Myers said. “We’d like to try to make it work. We have to approach it with what’s in our control, and that’s trying to find a way to keep them on the team. They’re not just really good players; they’re unbelievable people. So we’ll do everything we can.”
With Curry set to land a huge new deal, the Warriors are going to have to make some difficult decisions on their remaining free agents. However, with an NBA-best record of 55-14 at the moment, the Warriors are favorites to make it to their third-straight NBA Finals.
If Golden State does have to cut some of its impending free agents loose, sending them on their way with a championship ring would ensure that there are no hard feelings.