The Warriors have four All-Stars, including two MVPs, a Defensive Player of the Year, and perhaps the two biggest shooters in NBA history. Golden State also has an excellent coach and other good players, including a Finals MVP, elsewhere on the list. But is it enough? Is it ever enough?
Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the warriors will call the free agent DeAndre Jordan when the free agency starts at midnight . Jordan is a three-time All-NBA center that decided on Friday for a period of 2018-19 from a $ 24-million contract. In order to sign up with the Warriors, he would have to claim the mid-level luxury tax exemption, which starts at just over $ 5 million a year.
Needless to say that all the Warriors would turn around that pulled it off.
The Warriors are already overwhelmed, as can be seen in their 16: 1 run through the 2017 NBA Playoffs and their dominance of 2018 against any team other than the Houston Rockets. Engaging a Jordan-based player – no longer an all-NBA type given the rise of other young pivots, but still doing well – would eliminate the last hole in the Warriors' line-up and give Steve Kerr even more opportunities (rare ) gets hard.
Last season, the Warriors came in the middle with Jordan Bell, Zaza Pachulia, Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee. Bell promised, but was a freshman. Looney is pretty skilled. McGee can be shockingly effective in tiny spurts. But Jordan is so far beyond these guys as a consistent defensive force, rebounder and rim runner, that it would be a big improvement.
(It would also allow the Warriors to stop making so many rosters too unreliable. A very good person clears up the fear.)
By the way, Jordan has a history with the Warriors. He's close to Kevin Durant and, as Stone reminds us, Warrior GM Bob Myers was Jordan's agent. (Before the Dallas hostage.) Jordan has also signed a contract with the Warriors: in 2011, at the end of the lockout, the center agreed to a Golden State 4-year, $ 43 million bid slip. The Clippers are cleverly matched within a day.
The warriors have tortured Jordan and the Clippers for years. If you can not beat her …