Jarrett Jack (Trade with New Orleans Hornets)
Carl Landry (Free Agency)
Harrison Barnes (2012 Draft)
Festus Ezeli (2012 Draft)
Draymond Green (2012 Draft)
It was a relatively quiet offseason for GM Bob Myers, who was limited in his flexibility due to cap space and guaranteed contracts.
Remember, the Warriors were major players during the trade deadline last season. The team shipped Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh over to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson (the latter quickly being flipped for Richard Jefferson) in order to increase their defensive efficiency and add a legitimate center.
Myers didn’t need to make too many major changes, but did send swingman Dorell Wright to Philly in exchange for backup PG Jarrett Jack from New Orleans in a three-team deal. This trade provides a solid rotational player and insurance for Curry’s oft-injured ankle. It also clears room for the development of their prized rookie.
If you recall, Golden State shut down David Lee and Steph Curry towards the end of the campaign, in order to increase its chances of drawing the No. 7 or lower pick in the draft lottery. Had the franchise’s first-rounder been selected at No. 8 or above, the pick that became Harrison Barnes would have been shipped to Utah.
This gambit paid off, and Barnes is a perfect fit with this roster. The UNC product is widely expected to either start or split time with Brandon Rush, a player that was a significant boon to the rotation last season.
Golden State had more draft picks, which it elected to use on Festus Ezeli at No. 30 (a center out of Vanderbilt), Draymond Green at No. 35 (a versatile forward from Michigan State) and a stash-in-EuroLeague project named Ognjen Kuzmic at No. 52.
Ezeli could start the season as the backup center behind Bogut, and Green provides solid depth to both forward positions.
Aside from the draft and Jack trade, the only “major” move that the Dubs made was acquiring PF Carl Landry via free agency. He’s a great defender and could quickly become one of coach Jackson’s favorite players off the bench.