The Golden State Warriors (48-4) entered the All-Star break on a record setting pace. Therefore, it was no surprise when the Warriors decided to keep the team intact as the NBA trade deadline approached on Thursday.
According to The Bit Bag, the Warriors are the big winner after the trade deadline passed. As they prepared for their six game road trip starting Friday, the Warriors know the type of team they have, and the pieces fit extremely well. Why tinker with success? After all, they are the defending NBA champions.
During the media session, point guard Stephen Curry stated, “it’s nice to know who we are, and know our identity and know how we’re going to play, and know how we’re going to win.” However, it’s not that simple for these Warriors. Despite being pegged as a jump shooting team, they are the best passing team in the NBA. So, when the Warriors talk about winning their way, they should talk about the multiple ways they can decimate an opponent.
When the Warriors take the court against the Portland Trailblazers, they will only have a four game lead over the San Antonio Spurs, in the Western Conference. It’s one of the reasons why the Bulls (72-10) record is in jeopardy. Fittingly, the Bulls set the record 20 years ago during the 1995-96 season. Any slipup, and the Warriors could find their team in a battle for home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs.
The aforementioned Spurs didn’t make any changes, and the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Randy Foye from the Denver Nuggets at the NBA trade deadline, while giving away Steve Novak and D.J. Augustin. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers traded Lance Stephenson to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jeff Green. Both teams bolstered their perimeter defense with these moves, and have a chance to meet the Warriors in the playoffs. However, they’ll have around 28 games to gel with their new teammates.
The Cleveland Cavaliers also traded for Channing Frye in the final hours. He provides another shooter and floor spacing for Lebron James, but many pundits don’t believe Frye is a difference maker for the Cavaliers. They didn’t get Ryan Anderson from New Orleans and kept Kevin Love from going to Boston.
In the end, the Warriors might be looking for a splash during the off season. Rumors continue to swirl that they’ll make a serious run at Kevin Durant during free agency. Would a second NBA Championship enhance or hurt the deal? Still, the allure of playing with Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green is tough to pass up.