With the Warriors having a week off from game action following tonight’s game against the Rockets, we figure now is as good a time as any to tap into the local blogosphere to once again take the pulse of Dub Nation. As we did prior to the 2012-13 season, we’re reaching out to some of the most notable Warriors bloggers to get their thoughts on this year’s team and how they see the remainder of the season playing out. We’ve asked them the same set of five questions and we’ll post all of their answers before the unofficial second half of the season tips off next Tuesday in Utah.
Today, Adam Lauridsen (Fast Break), Ben Cruz (Bleacher Report), Ethan Sherwood Strauss (Bleacher Report, WarriorsWorld & ESPN.com), Rich Twu (Golden State of Mind) and Steve Berman (Bay Area Sports Guy) offer their thoughts on the Warriors and the looming NBA Trade Deadline.
Adam Lauridsen | Fast Break | @GSWFastBreak
You should always be looking to improve the team via trade, but my guess is it will be hard this deadline. I'd only consider two types of deals at this point: to land a superstar or to clear out a bad contract. The superstar-level trade would be a big risk – the team would likely have to part with one or more of its most promising young players like Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes and could upset what has been excellent team chemistry. But as the recent losing streak demonstrated, the Warriors still need a player with take-over-the-game potential. If that guy hits the market (he rarely is; CP3 was the last one), the Warriors should make a play. The more likely type of deal would be to find a new home for Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins in exchange for a shorter and/or smaller deal. Any dollars saved next year could be redirected into new deals for Jarrett Jack and/or Carl Landry. The trick will be putting together a package that convinces any team to take on two of the NBA's uglier remaining pre-lockout deals.
Ben Cruz | Bleacher Report | @cruzkontrol
Ideally, yes, the Warriors should be active at the deadline if they are serious about making a playoff push. Realistically though, they don't have much financial flexibility or the assets to pull off any type of deal that would bring back the type of impact player that they are looking for. That being said, if there is any type of deal out there that allows them to get rid of the mammoth contracts held by Andris Biedrins and/or Richard Jefferson, they really need to explore that.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss | Bleacher Report, WarriorsWorld & ESPN.com | @SherwoodStrauss
No, not all activity is progress. It seems as though the Warriors don't have a weakness, other than of course, the lack of a transcendent superstar. Since such a talent won't be available at the trade deadline, it's probably best to stand pat and hope for health. I might consider trading David Lee for Josh Smith, but Joe Lacob certainly won't, so my consideration is barely worth considering.
Rich Twu | Golden State of Mind | @poormanscommish
I think every franchise should always be "active." As far as perhaps "on a mission" to get a certain type of player, probably not, because the Warriors have a solid foundation being built right now and it has yet to be truly tested over the long haul. Plus, cap space clearance is still imminent in 2014-15. As far as impact players, I think the Warriors should let these impact players that they have play it out. However, do not underestimate the Brandon Rush injury. But how many Brandon Rushes are out there to replace the actual Brandon Rush? I'd be really surprised if there were any transactions involving the first ten or eleven players on the roster.
Steve Berman | Bay Area Sports Guy | @BASportsGuy
Whenever a team can improve its personnel it should consider doing so, but it's hard to imagine how the Warriors could offer much in a trade right now. They don't have any draft picks in 2013, and there isn't an obvious surplus at any one position. So unless they can find a taker for either Richard Jefferson's or Andris Biedrins' contract, they'll probably stand pat.
The warriors.com staff sends a huge thank you to this 'starting five' of Warriors bloggers. They'll be back on Wednesday with some Andrew Bogut discussion.
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