Warriors general manager Bob Myers admittedly wouldn’t mind adding some help to the defending champions’ roster, but admitted that cold be tough.
“There are less sellers,” Myers said on 95.7 The Game, via C.J. Holmes of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think the league thought more teams — whether they were trying for a certain player in the draft — would be clearly out on the playoffs at this time. That is not the case. There are not a lot of teams that are making the decision that this season is lost. It doesn’t make for a lot of trading partners.”
Myers speaks the truth, as the Warriors currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference — but are just three-and-half games behind the Kings for third. So it may not be a case of the Warriors having fallen as much as it is everyone else catching up.
“Our margin of error is not what it was. The record is not what it was,” Myers said. “Comparing to what I know about the teams we’ve had, I’d like to get a bigger margin of error. Can we do it? I don’t know.”
Like everyone, the Warriors have been involved in multiple trade rumors. Several opposing executives even went as far as to say they should consider trading forward Draymond Green. More likely, though, they will hold on to Green, along with the obvious mainstays in guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
As for potential targets, the Warriors have ben linked to 76ers guard/forward Matisse Thybulle (full post), Bulls guard Alex Caruso (full post), Celtics guard Payton Pritchard (full post), Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, Jazz forward Jarred Vanderbilt and multiple others, as Holmes noted.
But for the Warriors to make a deal, it would have to make sense from both a personnel standpoint and a financial one. Again, it may not be so easy — for anyone.
“That is the question,” Myers said. “We’ve gotta look and see if there’s something that makes sense to answer that question, something that’s clear. We have to see.
“Is there someone out there that fills that spot? Is there someone in a buyout? Is there someone in a trade? Is there someone who supplants that and becomes the seventh guy, the sixth guy? That’s our job in the next eight days.”
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