5 Biggest Issues Facing Golden State Warriors in 2014 Offseason

5 Biggest Issues Facing Golden State Warriors in 2014 Offseason

Golden State Warriors 2014 Offseason Issues

After back-to-back seasons making the playoffs, the Golden State Warriors seem to have finally arrived after years of mediocrity. As surprising as it might be to some, the Warriors are a legitimate NBA title contender if all goes their way. However, in order for that to happen, a near perfect storm needs to occur, otherwise they could miss the playoffs altogether in a deep Western Conference. Here are their five biggest offseason issues.

5. Andrew Bogut And David Lee Need To Return To Full Health

Andrew Bogut and David Lee

5. Andrew Bogut And David Lee Need To Return To Full Health

Andrew Bogut and David Lee Need To Stay Healthy

The last two seasons, the Warriors' frontcourt of Andrew Bogut and David Lee have helped Golden State find regular season success. However, each of the last two years when the playoffs rolled around, one of them sat out or played limited minutes due to an injury. If the Warriors want to make a title run, it's paramount that both players stay healthy, especially by playoff time.

4. Find A Way To Win The Pacific Division

Steph Curry and Chris Paul

4. Find A Way To Win The Pacific Division

Steph Curry and Chris Paul 2014 Playoffs

In order to better their chances at a legitimate title run, the Warriors need to make sure they're the top dog in the Pacific Division and take down the L.A. Clippers. In 2013-14, the two teams were evenly matched splitting the season series 2-2 before L.A. won a hard-fought seven-game first-round series. For the upcoming 2014-15 campaign, the Dubs need to make a statement and secure a top-four seed and home court for at least the first round.

3. Master Steve Kerr's System

Steve Kerr Warriors Press Conference

3. Master Steve Kerr's System

Steve Kerr Warriors

After Mark Jackson was shown the door in May, the Warriors once again hired another broadcaster with no prior coaching experience in Steve Kerr. It will be interesting to see how quickly the Warriors will figure out Kerr's system and they'll want to do so sooner rather than later as the NBA's Western Conference is highly competitive. If Golden State lags early on in the season, it could be disastrous for a postseason run or even a bid.

2. Successfully Negotiate A Contract Extension With Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson Contract Extension

2. Successfully Negotiate A Contract Extension With Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

So far, the 2014 free-agent season has seen a few wing players get lucrative deals -- Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons and Lance Stephenson to name a few -- meaning it might be extremely tough to sign Klay Thompson to a reasonable deal. Ideally for the Dubs, if Thompson could agree to a deal similar to the one his backcourt mate Stephen Curry made a couple years ago (four years, $ 44 million), it would help tremendously for any future contracts.

1. To Trade Or Not To Trade

Kevin Love to the Golden State Warriors?

1. To Trade Or Not To Trade

Kevin Love to the Golden State Warriors?

It continues to look more and more like the Warriors aren't going to pull the trigger to trade for Kevin Love, but it's without a doubt the biggest issue the team faces this offseason. If Golden State does trade for Love, it will likely need to give up Thompson, which Kerr definitely doesn't want to do. Love could be what the Warriors need to get over the hump, but then again, he might not be.

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