Many NBA teams are going to experience economic downturn, because of the coronavirus pandemic that led the league to long-lasting hiatus.
As a result, several analysts expect a drastic drop in every team’s cap space. Despite that, the Golden State Warriors are expected to spend as much as they can to capitalize on their star’s prime years.
According to San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau:
“GOLDEN STATE IS UNLIKELY TO LET A DROP IN THE CAP CHANGE HOW IT APPROACHES ROSTER-BUILDING,” THE REPORT READ. “(JOE) LACOB REALIZES THAT WITH STEPHEN CURRY, KLAY THOMPSON AND DRAYMOND GREEN ALL IN THEIR EARLY 30S, THE WARRIORS MIGHT ONLY HAVE A THREE- OR FOUR-YEAR WINDOW TO WIN ANOTHER TITLE.
EVEN IF IT REQUIRES A MASSIVE LUXURY-TAX BURDEN, GOLDEN STATE WILL DO WHAT IT CAN TO CAPITALIZE ON THE REST OF ITS CORE PLAYERS’ PRIME YEARS. ANYTHING ELSE WOULD GO AGAINST WHAT THIS OWNERSHIP GROUP HAS COME TO REPRESENT,” Letourneau wrote.
Golden State finished the 2019-20 season north of $22 million over the cap and well into the luxury tax, but it seems that Warriors ownership will do whatever they can to bring another championship in the ‘Bay Area’.
The Warriors ended the season with the league-wide worst record (15-50), having the best chance (along with two other teams) to land the first overall pick of the 2020 NBA draft. Moreover, their superstars will have the necessary time to recover.
Namely, Klay Thompson is expected to return in full health next season, after his serious injury in the 2019 Final’s series against the Toronto Raptors.
At the same time, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green will have the chance to get back in full strength, mentally and physically, after 5 consecutive NBA Finals “run-ins”, as they will play the first official game of the next season in December.