After being ousted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, the Golden State Warriors have been the talk of the league. They fired successful coach Mark Jackson, who had led the Warriors to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in countless years, and soon thereafter stole Steve Kerr from the New York Knicks.
The Warriors aren’t done making headlines yet, as they still have holes to fill on not only their coaching staff but also their roster. Here are some free agents that Bob Myers and company should target:
Although this option would be pricey, Collison would be a perfect fit with the Warriors. As many know, the backup guard spot is the Warriors one glaring need. Collison would fill that need perfectly and would be given a role similar to the one Jarrett Jack grew into two seasons back. Collison may look for a starting job elsewhere, but the prospect of playing behind Stephen Curry may influence his decision greatly.
After suffering a horrific leg injury with the Clippers in 2007, Livingston finally resurrected his career with a stellar campaign in Brooklyn. There, he backed up Deron Williams and, at times, took control of Brooklyn’s offense when Williams was hurt or struggling. Livingston’s size makes him even more valuable, as he would be able to back up either Curry or Klay Thompson and play solid defense while doing so. Livingston made about $1 million last season, but he’s due for a raise as a result of his great play and the number of interested teams.
3. Aaron Brooks
After bouncing around for quite some time, Brooks found a home in Denver last season after many injuries derailed the Nuggets’ season. Brooks played well in his short stint with the Nuggets, and his play most likely opened the eyes of general managers across the league. With Golden State, Brooks would give the Warriors not only a solid backup point guard with the ability to initiate the offense but also veteran leadership.
4. Shelvin Mack
This move would be the cheapest and although Joe Lacob has expressed willingness to go over the salary cap, it’s important the Warriors do not handicap themselves by shovelling too much money to unproven players, such as Marreese Speights last season. Mack performed well in his role last season in Atlanta, and he may be ready for more minutes. The Warriors may be nervous giving Mack a large role, but because of his small price-tag, he’d be a low-risk, high-reward player.
Don’t fret if the Warriors do not make any of these moves; there are plenty of other solid guards in the free agency pool. A few other possibilities could include: Patty Mills, Devin Harris, Kirk Hinrich, Greivis Vasquez, and Mo Williams.