Four keys to Warriors’ immediate, long-term future

How things end is always important. For the Warriors, it’s likely that what happens in the next two months or so will determine how they go forward as a franchise. Technically, Golden State’s dynasty still lives, but if you’ve been watching you know that we’re in perilous times with this thing.

What if the Warriors miss the playoffs and play-in completely? Would that mark the end of this glorious run? What about if the Warriors win a round or two? Or what if, though it’s hard to believe, they get to the postseason and run the table? Will the Warriors have to run it back again?

This could go any number of ways and they all are fascinating. The way I see it, there are four keys to Golden State’s immediate and long-term future. Here they are:

Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins status: Curry is injured and will miss at least the next two games, but likely more. With just 22 games remaining, it’s imperative that Curry play in as many as possible. Can Curry play 16 of the final 22? If so, I think you’d take that right now if you’re a Warriors’ fan. But what if Curry needs to miss eight or 10 more? Can the Warriors hang in this thing if Curry misses half the remaining games? Great question.

Wiggins has missed the past three games because of personal reasons, and there is no timetable for his return. Wiggins is the Warriors’ most important perimeter defender and key part of the offensive pecking order. If Wiggins gets back soon, he can help mitigate Curry’s absence. If Wiggins can’t get back soon, the Warriors will have an uphill battle getting into the postseason — which would set into motion lots of unknowns.

Bob Myers fate: President of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers is working without a contract for next season. Myers has been the architect of this dynasty, and it’s hard to calculate how he’d be missed if he doesn’t return.

Hard to believe the two sides didn’t work out an extension after last year’s championship, but here we are. While many believe this is owner Joe Lacob’s decision to make, the reality is that a lot of this now is on Myers. Is he ready for a little time off after this 10-year run? Perhaps. Myers almost walked away after the 2019 season, but changed his mind. The reality is, with the run coming to an end sooner rather than later, this might be the best time to part ways.

Draymond Green’s opt-out: While the circumstances aren’t exactly the same, Green finds himself in a similar position to former Warrior Kevin Durant. Green can opt-out of his deal after the season and become a free agent. Sound familiar?

That was Durant’s M.O. while he was a Warrior, and Green never liked that uncertainty. Yet here Green is with a similar decision and nobody knows what he is going to do. The difference between him opting in and opting out is staggering. Green holds many of the cards regarding the future of the Warriors … and he ain’t telling.

Steve Kerr’s looming decision: The Warriors coach is under contract for 2023-24, but how much does that mean? If Myers chooses not to come back, that most certainly would affect Kerr. The two have become close friends, and they almost seem like a package deal.

If the Warriors were to falter down the stretch, perhaps Lacob would view it as the perfect time to move on from this era. He could jump-start that by allowing Myers to walk and then bringing in a new coach to take over for Kerr.


About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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1 Response to Four keys to Warriors’ immediate, long-term future

  1. ischne01 says:

    i’m enjoying these posts. thanks Matt.


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