The Golden State Warriors are on the attack as the team added DeMarcus Cousins to their lineup, per Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania. Details on the contract have not been released, but it is likely a short-term prove it deal.
Here’s a look at the Warriors current roster and projected starting lineup. This roster includes free agents, as noted in italics, which means they may not be on the final 2018-19 roster.
Warriors Roster & Starting Lineup With DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins
C- DeMarcus Cousins, Zaza Pachulia (UFA), David West (UFA), Damian Jones
PF- Draymond Green, Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney (UFA)
SF- Kevin Durant (PO), Andre Iguodala
SG- Klay Thompson, Nick Young (UFA), Jacob Evans, Patrick McCaw (RFA)
PG- Steph Curry, Quinn Cook, Shaun Livingston
Warriors Projected Cap Space: -$60 Million
It is no surprised based on the strength of the Warriors roster, the team is way over the cap. All indications are the Warriors will sign Durant to a big deal this summer, and they will still be able to keep the roster together. Next summer, Golden State will push the Warriors into a tough decision process as Thompson becomes a free agent. Green’s deal expires the following year, and both players are likely to want raises.
Golden State was able to sign Durant two summers ago when the cap took a large spike. Now, the cap is projected to continue leveling out meaning the Warriors luxury tax bill will continue to rise significantly. Warriors GM Bob Meyers got some help from an unlikely source, his star big man. USA Today detailed Green’s involvement in the pre-draft process.
Yes, Green has reportedly been attending draft workouts and team meetings about the draft, and this isn’t the first time he’s been involved in the process either. General manager Bob Myers and director of player personnel Larry Harris both confirmed today that Green has been involved in the past, as well as other players.
“We didn’t say ‘Hey, Draymond we need you here to come evaluate the draft,’ I just think our guys are invested,” said Harris, adding that he’s open to all of the Warriors being involved somehow. “You would be foolish not to try and get their insight.”
Source: Heavy Sports