With the Golden State Warriors being crowned the 2017 NBA champions, they have the luxury of being a very desirable destination for many free agents this upcoming offseason. Many players around the league will be wanting to play for a championship contender in a great system at a reduced fee, with many veterans (just like David West this year) taking pay cuts to play for a contending team like Golden State. Oh, it also helps that the Bay Area is a destination with great weather.
On the other side of the coin, the Golden State front office will be looking for cheap veterans to bolster their roster, as most of their cap space is tied up in their four All-Stars, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, so any players willing to take a hefty pay cut will really help Golden State's chances of repeating in 2018.
Here are 5 free agents who may join the Warrior ranks for next season.
Michael Beasley has had quite a rollercoaster ride through the NBA thus far.
Only 28 years old, the Kansas State product has spent 9 seasons in the NBA after being drafted 2nd overall to the Miami Heat in the 2008 NBA Draft, one spot behind MVP Derrick Rose.
His best season came in 2010-11, where he signed with the Timberwolves and put up an impressive 19.2 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds. Since then though, his stock has plummeted, bouncing around to Phoenix, back to Miami, Houston, and landing in Milwaukee for the '16-17 campaign, where he put up a solid 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in only 16 minutes a game for the youthful Bucks.
Beasley is due to be a free agent this offseason, and whether he values a championship or money (which he won't be demanding a lot of) will be what makes his decision this summer. If he wants a championship ring in his trophy case, he can sign with the Warriors for the veteran's minimum, and provide a bit of size and offense off the bench when the four All-Stars sit out for Golden State. And who knows, maybe California's lax marijuana laws may have a positive effect on B-Easy's decision.
Why shouldn't Calderon make a return to the Bay Area and make a run at his second championship?
You may be wondering what the hell I'm talking about, but believe it or not, when Jose Calderon signed with the Warriors, and then waived immediately after, that qualified him to earn a championship ring as soon as Golden State clinched the title.
The man didn't even suit up for the Warriors, and yet, he has the right to call himself an NBA champion, however cheap that title may be. So why not ACTUALLY play for the Warriors this upcoming season, and earn a second championship?
Calderon would be a great backup guard for the defending champs, as he's extremely efficient shooting-wise, and is not turnover-prone (41% career shooter from three, 1.6 turnovers per game average for his career), two things needed to thrive within Steve Kerr's system.
Sure, his individual defense is a point of weakness, but that can easily be hidden when he'll be flanked by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
If Jose does happen to sign with Golden State, it will most likely be his last contract, as he is currently 35 years of age, and has enjoyed a successful 12 years in the Association.
Don't get me wrong, but I feel as though The Jet would be a perfect fit on next year's Warriors.
Terry has been on the decline ever since that championship season in Dallas (2011) where he played out of his mind, his scoring taking a dip from 16.6 points per game in 2010, all the way down to 4.1 this year with the Bucks, after stints with Boston, Brooklyn and Houston.
It'd be smart for J.T to wind up his 18-year NBA career on a team that could utilize his expert three-point shooting to it's fullest extent, as he is definitely not commanding a big paycheck this free agency period.
Let's not forget, Terry ranks FIRST among active players on the list for most made three-point field goals, and third overall, only behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. So why not recruit him, and let him mentor number 10 on that aforementioned list, two-time league MVP Steph Curry?
It's safe to say that Greg Monroe's stint with Milwaukee hasn't been as explosive as many thought it would be when he signed in Wisconsin back in 2015.
Being drafted with the 7th pick in the 2010 draft, Monroe slightly disappointed for Detroit, averaging 14.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, and being thoroughly outplayed by Andre Drummond on the glass once he arrived on the scene in 2012.
The move to Milwaukee was supposed to be a new start for Moose, and even though the Bucks have improved with Greg on the roster, his stats haven't, dropping to 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest this past season, relinquishing his starting spot to the host of other big men on the Bucks roster, not starting once last season.
Maybe it's time for another change of scenery then? I mean, Monroe doesn't necessarily fit into the grand scheme of the Warriors offense, and his defense is extremely sub par, but he could provide a change of pace for the Warriors second unit, slowing the game down and grinding out the opposition to give Golden State's starters valuable rest. And given the Warriors excellent track record with bench talent, I could see Monroe becoming a Sixth Man of the Year candidate in his new role if he chooses to accept it.
If Air Canada wants to finish his career on a high note, and not leave his trophy cabinet without a championship ring, Golden State would be the perfect destination for Vince Carter to sign with this offseason.
At 40 years of age, Carter is the oldest active player in the league at the moment, and he is still going strong, posting averages of 8 points and 3.1 rebounds a night in limited minutes for the Grizzlies, also being prone to delivery a throwback highlight play or two every week.
That being said, time is running out for Vinsanity, and with only 1 or two seasons left in him, he'd be best suited to sign with the best team in the league right now, who are in need of cheap veteran contracts. That way, Half-Man, Half-Amazing can finally hold up the Larry O'Brien trophy, something almost every NBA fan has been rooting for since V.C's Toronto days.