There was a lot of buzz about the Golden State Warriors heading into the last season with some people crowning them the dark-horses to win the NBA championship. Those expectations ended up unmet as the Warriors were bounced in the first round, but a big part of the excitement around this team was a result of what they were able to do in free agency last summer, namely signing Andre Iguodala.
The 2014 NBA offseason didn’t hold nearly the same amount of excitement for the Warriors, though, even if it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Golden State has long been discussed as a potential trade partner with the Minnesota Timberwolves for a deal that would land the Warriors Kevin Love, but with Love apparently on the move to the Cleveland Cavaliers that deal is now a “what if” dream for Golden State.
Another missed opportunity for the home of the Splash Brothers was undoubtedly the draft. The Warriors gave up their first-round selection to the Utah Jazz last summer in order to clear room for Iguodala. That pick (no. 23) turned into Rodney Hood, a wing-player that would have had nice value to the Warriors. Meanwhile, Golden State also didn’t have a second-round pick, meaning they left the draft entirely empty-handed.
It may not have been as crushing as missing out on Love and any prospects from the draft, but the Warriors also lost a key cog in their rotation from late in the season last year in backup point guard Steve Blake in free agency.
However, it wasn’t all negative for Golden State, even in terms of the backup point guard position. The Warriors were able to land journeyman Shaun Livingston, who has proven to be a valuable asset at the position over the past two seasons and someone who can diversify the Warriors’ look as games wear on. The organization also brought back Brandon Rush, who was also sent to Utah as a prequel to the Iguodala deal.
There wasn’t much action from the Warriors this offseason as they missed out on a blockbuster trade, lost a key reserve, added two solid reserves, and didn’t add any rookies. However, the addition of Steve Kerr as their new head coach could serve to maximize their potential, though that’s an unknown factor at this point. You can’t be mad with what they did, but you also don’t have to love it either.
Final Grade: C+