The Golden State Warriors have seemingly been quiet this offseason, as their biggest moves have involved keeping the players - Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and others - who helped them win the 2017 NBA title.
However, the squad has added swing players Nick Young and Omri Casspi, in addition to drafting Jordan Bell, so they have made some moves.
Other teams around the Western Conference have been getting better, though, trying to challenge the Warriors' supremacy. For example, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded for Paul George and the Houston Rockets added Chris Paul in order to hang with Golden State.
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According to SFGate.com, though, Golden State star Steph Curry believes the other teams in the West will still be chasing the Warriors, complimenting the team's offseason moves:
“We have a great potential and opportunity to do amazing things and win more championships,” Stephen Curry said. “When you have that chemistry, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to start over. You want to take advantage of the camaraderie, chemistry and vibe we’ve created.
“So for the front office to get it done and sign all the guys they needed to sign - and add two great players in Omri Casspi and Nick Young, and draft Jordan Bell - I think we got better.”
Both free-agent signings and the new rookie will help bolster Golden State's bench in 2017, which already returns most of its key contributors.
Curry acknowledged that it would be easier said than done for the Warriors to make it to their fourth-straight NBA Finals next year, saying that what some of the other Western Conference teams are doing this offseason reminds him of what Golden State did a few years ago:
“You look around the Western Conference, and the amount of talent up and down the board is going to be crazy,” Curry said. “… Everybody is trying to make moves to become championship contenders. Before our first Finals appearance, we were doing the same thing - trying to load up and put together the right combination of guys to take our team to the next level.
“It’s great for the league that there’s that much movement and shuffling of the deck, and teams taking chances to try to get better.”
With Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green leading the way, the Warriors will still be favored to win the West, but the gap between them and the rest of the field has certainly narrowed considerably.News Now - Sport News