Free Agency Grades: Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors were looking forward to getting back to their dominating ways in the upcoming season with the Splash Bros. Unfortunately, Klay Thompson suffered a torn Achilles and his season ended before it began. They were able to snatch up Kelly Oubre Jr. via trade to compliment Steph Curry.
The Warriors are incredibly talented and will definitely be making noise this season, but they still had to add a few new pieces to hopefully try and fill the void Thompson’s absence will leave.
Let’s see what they were able to accomplish in free agency:
Kent Bazemore signed a 1-year veterans minimum deal for $2.3 million.
Bazemore will bring some scoring that the Warriors could use after losing Thompson again for the season. Bazemore’s averages while with the Sacramento Kings were 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. His averages with the Portland Trail Blazers were 7.9 points and 4 rebounds.
He started his career off with the Warriors in 2012 when they drafted him, so it’ll also be a nice homecoming having him back.
Adding someone like Bazemore on a veterans deal is a great move. The Warriors didn’t spend too much and were able to get a decent player.
Bazemore will fit in well with this Warriors team if he gets enough minutes. He’s also a nice presence to have on the bench for the young guys who could use some veteran guidance.
Brad Wanamaker signed a 1-year, $2.25 million deal
Wanamaker will be a decent backup point guard for Steph Curry. He can come in and provide some relief for Steph when he needs to get out the game. While Wanamaker doesn’t fill up a stat sheet every night, he can do some scoring. Last season with the Boston Celtics he averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 steals and 2 rebounds.
Wanamaker wasn’t a player many teams were trying to get, but the Warriors took the chance. They used this minimum deal to bring in a decent piece to add to an already great team. If he ends up having a solid year, they can bring him back for an even bigger contract.
Not only is Wanamaker going to be a decent backup point guard who can score, he is also a solid defender. He is coming off of playoff experience with the Celtics. With the Warriors probably making the playoffs this upcoming season, they’ll have another piece in Wanamaker who knows what to expect and can guide the young players who haven’t had that level of experience yet.