(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors turned into a major force in the
NBA during the postseason.
Steph Curry emerged as a star in the league. David Lee made the All-Star team
and Harrison Barnes showed himself to be a major cornerstone for the
The Warriors will return most of their core, although reserve guard Jarrett
Jack, who finished third in Sixth Man of the Year voting, is a free-agent.
Carl Landry, another key bench figure and Brandon Rush, who tore his ACL early
in the regular season, both can opt out of their deals.
Restructuring the bench will be a major issue for Golden State in the
offseason. The Warriors would probably want to bring all three back at the
right price. Head coach Mark Jackson spoke numerous times during the playoffs
about how special his group was. That's the biggest indicator of, if nothing
else, Jackson's desire to keep the band together.
Problem is, the Warriors have no choices in this draft. They traded all of
their selections to bolster the roster, so, unless a trade happens, the Golden
State brain trust will have a relatively stress-free evening.
The Warriors could certainly find their way into a draft slot if they are
interested enough. But, unlike most teams, the Warriors are probably not
focused on improvement through the draft, rather, improvement through
Players under contract: G: Stephen Curry; F: David Lee; C: Andrew Bogut; F:
Harrison Barnes; G: Klay Thompson; C: Festus Ezeli; F: Draymond Green; G: Kent
Bazemore; F/C: Dwayne Jones; G: Scott Machado; C: Andris Biedrins (early
termination option); F: Richard Jefferson (player option); F: Carl Landry
(player option); F: Brandon Rush (player option)
Free agents: G: Jarrett Jack
Recent Draft History
2012: Harrison Barnes (7), Festus Ezeli (30), Draymond Green (35), Ognjen
2011: Klay Thompson (11), Jeremy Tyler (39), Charles Jenkins (44)
2010: Ekpe Udoh (6)
2009: Stephen Curry (7)
2008: Anthony Randolph (14), Richard Hendrix (49)
Draft picks: No picks
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