The Golden State Warriors were a dominant force in the NBA the last five seasons, but their future looks bleak after undergoing a major revamp this offseason.
There are doubts on their competitiveness after losing several key players in free agency and trades. In fact, one NBA coach thinks that Golden State could end up fourth in the Western Conference, but the realistic ranking for the new-look Warriors squad is seventh, or they might not make the playoffs at all next season.
“Optimistically, four,” one NBA coach said when asked where the Warriors rank in the stacked Western Conference next season via Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “Realistically, seven. Pessimistically, out of the playoffs.”
The Warriors acquired D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets. While Russell is also an All-Star, Golden State lost a lot in a free agency. Kevin Durant, who has been their best player in the last three seasons, opted to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
Golden State also had to part ways with veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies to clear cap space for Russell’s arrival, while Livingston was waived for luxury tax reasons. All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins also signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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