Link to my Sunday column about Kevin Durant and the Warriors.
I wouldn’t mess with the team chemistry. Leave Durant where he is. We already have our superstar. Just fill in behind him.
Get a young player who can defend like Iguodala and call it good.
You do have to start thinking about replacing some of the ‘older’ guys, and Barnes’ departure might be a foregone conclusion no matter what. However, Durant simply isn’t a good fit with this offense. He needs the ball in his hands too much which would lead to standing around and stagnation.
A change of personnel will add and subtract. You have nicely outlined both aspects of obtaining Durant, and for me the cost/benefit analysis doesn’t end up with the conclusion the Warriors should sign him on. What he would take away from the team outweighs what he would add to it.
The Warriors need to make changes and, as you point out, get younger. It would seem the best action for Myers would be to get a solid big man to pick up the only slack on the current team. The Warriors don’t need another shooter; they need a younger big man in the middle for rebounding and defense.
Iguadala might be the second most important player on the team, without him , we might have loss last year’s championship and we need him for small ball. If it was straight up to replace Harrison Barnes, I would do it. I would keep the team as it because I would not want to lose Bogurt either.
I have complete faith in the Warriors collective brain trust/front office to do what’s best and maintain the team’s forward momentum. I think history (remember the Kevin Love mania?) justifies my faith. That said, if I were the owner I sure as hell wouldn’t pay Barnes $20+ million a year regardless of what the salary cap is.
yep it sounds good on paper, but the thing is, the Warriors use the 3 or small forward position with Barnes and Iggy mostly for defensive purposes and that’s not Durant’s game. It seems Barnes will not get much better on the Warriors even though he is entering his peak years. He most likely would explode to greatness if he went to a team like the Wizards or Heat, but on the Warriors he will never be as good as Steph, Klay and Dray. It seems like it’s best to keep those 3 as your core and build with defense around them. Replacing Bogut is probably more of a priority than getting Durant.
It’s a no brainer for me since it means teaming up Draymond, Steph, Klay, and then Durant at early ages….25 – 27. That’s a nice window. Add in Meyer’s ability to find glue guys and depth and I believe we’re talking about a golden era by the Bay. Bogut and Iggy are more than role players but their age and injury prone bodies make it tough to count on them in the future…with or without Durant. I’m certainly hoping Ezeli’s knees are good for this window as that will help a lot. Perhaps Looney will be another long armed defender and scorer moving forward as well. But I really feel it’s Meyer’s ability to come up with guys like Livingston, Barbosa, Varejao, etc… that really can round out a roster around that core 4. We’d have 2 of the very best players in the world along with a couple of all stars. Durant seems like a solid citizen as well as just a darn good teammate with a high bball IQ. Seems a great fit.
I suppose I’d have to think twice if we win the title again this year. That’ll be the best argument of all to stand pat. But this opportunity seems way too good to pass up for me with the finances working out so nicely before Steph gets a mega deal, bigger cap ceiling, etc…. Pull the trigger Bob!
Absolutely grab Durant. If you’ve been actually watching the games lately you’ll have noticed that Barnes isn’t doing much to help to the team. He’s not even close to a max contract type of player. Spend the money and sign Durant. Let Barnes walk.
No! No!! No!!! He brings nothing but a losing attitude to arguably the coolest — if not the best — team in NBA history. This is how basketball is meant to be played, not a couple of big men under the boards stuffing the ball in the hoop. Shoot the rock dammit! -L-
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.