Golden State Warriors: Patience is a Virtue

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2008

I am here to send a message to Chris Mullin.

Do not make a trade for Mike Miller, Jermaine O'Neal, or Chris Wilcox.

I repeat, do not make a trade. Here's why:

First of all, a trade will not help the Warriors win an NBA title this year. Trading long-term potential for a foolish short run in the playoff is not the way to go.

They cannot beat Utah or San Antonio because of their respective big-men that the Warriors cannot defend. There is too much competition in the Western Conference to expect to win the championship any time soon. 

The Warriors should not create a small, two-year window for a championship.

Secondly, if the Warriors wait, the window of Phoenix, Dallas, and San Antonio, and Denver will close, and that will eliminate competition.

Phoenix's window will close in two years after Steve Nash (34 years old) and Shaq (35) get too old.

Dallas' will close after Jason Kidd (34) gets too old.

San Antonio is full of players over 30, and their window will close after two or three years.

Denver's window will close because of Allen Iverson (32 years old and often injured), Kenyon Martin (often injured), and Marcus Camby (getting older).

That will leave only the Lakers (Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol all in their prime), Portland (young and getting better), and New Orleans (fairly young).

The Warriors can match any of those teams with the growth of Monta Ellis and Andreis Biedrins, along with Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson providing leadership and clutchness.

Lastly, the Warriors have $10 million, but should not acquire a player like Mike Miller to fill the cap.

At the rate Monta Ellis is playing, he may need a 5 year, $60 million dollar deal. Biedrins may need a 5 year, $50 million deal. The Warriors need all the cap room they can get, and maybe even more. They should not waste it on a three-point specialist like Mike Miller, and risk losing Monta Ellis or Andris Biedrins, or even Baron Davis holding out for a bigger deal.

 The future is bright. Monta and Andris will make a great small-big combo, Brandan Wright will be an excellent big man, and Baron will be Baron. The Warriors should not "mortgage their future," just to make the playoffs this year.