How The Warriors Have Won The NBA Offseason


This NBA Offseason has been crazy and exciting. Some people might even argue that the excitement of free agency trumps that of the actual NBA season. With Chris Paul getting shipped to Houston, Paul George and Russell Westbrook teaming up in Oklahoma City, and Lonzo Ball selling out the Thomas and Mack Center for Summer League, basketball fans have been hooked onto the NBA headlines this summer.

The reason that fans have been hooked onto the storylines is because teams have been making moves in an attempt to build a championship contender. The Rockets have assembled a solid team with a chance to win in the deep Western Conference. The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler and paired him with Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins, catapulting the lowly Timberwolves into a legitimate playoff contender. The Oklahoma City Thunder, featuring triple double machine Russell Westbrook, managed to fleece the Indiana Pacers and acquire Paul George, making the West very deep and very dangerous. All these moves were made to try and win the West. To try and dethrone the mighty Golden State Warriors. And despite not making too many big splashes in free agency, the Golden State Warriors have won the 2017 NBA Offseason.


The biggest concern for the Warriors going into the offseason was being able to afford the super team they created. All-Stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were both unrestricted free agents and were eligible for max contracts, with Curry being eligible for the “supermax.” Veteran back-ups Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston were also free agents, who were garnering significant interest from other teams. The consensus was one of those two players would have to be let go in order to retain the rest of the squad, a price that fans in the Bay Area were, reluctantly, willing to pay. It was almost a given that Three-Headed Monster at the center position, Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, and David West, would be broken up after a successful run. Then, the magic happened.

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On the first day of free agency, the Warriors locked up two-time MVP Stephen Curry to a 5-year/$201 million deal, making him the highest paid player in the league. David West and Zaza Pachulia agreed to one-year minimum deals, retaining two of the three centers on the roster, and the Warriors quickly locked up Shaun Livingston to a three-year deal, with the third year being partially guaranteed. At this point, all signs pointed to Andre Iguodala signing elsewhere, as he was deep in talks with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets. However, after some hard negotiating and several cryptic tweets, Iguodala announced that he would be returning to the Bay on a three year deal. Warriors fans were ecstatic. They were able to lock up Curry, Livingston, and Iguodala to long term deals and managed to sign Finals MVP Kevin Durant to a 2-year/$53 million deal, $5 million less than what Durant could’ve commanded. If free agency ended there, the Warriors would’ve been very happy with their work. However, the best team in the NBA wasn’t satisfied. They went out and signed veteran swingman Omri Casspi and used their midlevel exception to sign Nick Young, further deepening their second unit and improving their already deadly three-point shooting. Could it get any better? It can, and did, as the Warriors agreed to a 1-year/$2.1 million deal with JaVale McGee, ending their free agency transactions with a cherry on top.

Many teams can make the argument that they “won” the offseason this summer. The Rockets, Thunder, T-Wolves, and Celtics are just a few teams who made great moves to improve their standing in their conferences. However, when the NBA champions, who won 67 games last season, manage to retain their roster, lock up their stars for the future, and deepen their already deep bench, it’s hard to compete with that kind of greatness. The Golden State Warriors are officially your 2017 NBA Offseason Champions!

About Gautam Ratnam

Writer/Editor for NBALEAD. Born and raised in the Bay. #Dubnation. Twitter: @gautam_ratnam

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