Once they finish celebrating their second consecutive championship win, the Golden State Warriors will quickly turn their focus to next season and address the futures of several free agents on their roster.
The most important one is obviously Kevin Durant but there isn't really a decision to be made as general manager Bob Myers stated on Monday that the franchise will give the superstar "whatever he wants" to stay in Oakland.
However, the same can't be said for several of the veterans on the Warriors roster whose contracts will expire this summer.
The Dubs are unnecessarily stacked at the center position and according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, they're therefore unlikely to retain the services of David West and Zaza Pachulia.
"Pachulia and West are the two most likely to be gone," he said. "It’s almost a sure thing. It’s possible both head into retirement.
"But even if either or both want to continue their careers, it’s unlikely it’ll be with the Warriors. Another thing the Houston Rockets series exposed: the Warriors’ need for more wing options.
Speaking to the media on Monday, head coach Steve Kerr admitted that they'll cut down on the number of vets they have on the team and said their focus this offseason is to become more youthful.
“I think the safe thing to say is we’re not going to have the same look next year in terms of having sort of five or six vets,” Kerr said, per the Mercury News.
“We’re going to be younger, we’re going to have more youth, more energy to try and help us through the regular season.”
With Pachulia at 34 and West at 37, they would be the obvious candidates to depart as the Warriors often don't play with a traditional center and don't really require many on their books.
With JaVale McGee potentially re-signing and Draymond Green often playing the pivot in small-ball lineups, that may be good enough for Kerr as they look to fill out their roster with more wing players.
Another veteran who may not stay in the Bay Area next season is Nick Young. Slater claims "it’d be a stunner if he’s back next season."
"He was a fun locker-room presence and a few random playoff threes and not disastrous defence in the final couple rounds turned his $5.2 million midlevel contract from obvious mistake to slightly salvaged," Slater added.
The Warriors are not prepared to let up after winning another title and are keen to put the right pieces around their four All-Stars.
They may have little cap space to work with but there are certainly players on the market who will be prepared to accept a discounted contract with the lure of winning a championship.
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