It won't be the only loss the Dubs will suffer this offseason.
With the team near the luxury tax and Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins opting back in for nearly $20 million, the team will most likely have to choose between Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.
Both were excellent players off the bench, but one is less expendable because of the team's player development, injuries and shift in team philosophies.
Development of Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green
The growth of the small/stretch forwards of the Warriors render this more Plan A than Plan B, but they are the reason why the loss of a bruiser and rebounder like Landry is less painful.
In the postseason, Barnes played 13 more minutes than in the regular season, shot at a higher percentage and was often the go-to offensive player and best defender on the court.
Green, on the other hand, took over on the other side of the court, playing a defense that was half Shane Battier in his annoyingness and half Andrew Bogut in his toughness. Not one time did I see a player run into the lane on a cut without getting some type of elbow or small shove.
Banking on improvements from rookies, especially a 21-year old like Barnes, isn't optimal for postseason success, but this team has a great locker room and the players are more Tim Duncan in their demeanor than DeMarcus Cousins. The work ethic will be there; they just need the reps.
The Return of Brandon Rush
Just as it might not be safe to bank on rookie improvements, it's much less predictable to assume someone with an ACL injury will come back 100 percent. We have no way of knowing if Rush is Adrian Peterson or Derrick Rose.
But for the sake of offseason hypotheticals, a healthy Rush gives the Warriors another Plan A attack, injecting more perimeter defense, along with Barnes and Green, as well as excellent shooting.
The Warriors can toss out a stable of sharpshooters in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Rush.
If they curtail David Lee's minutes to give Landry minutes, it would give the bench unit the offense it needs while picking up the defense on that same token.
This is, of course, a coach's dream along the lines of seeing Bogut play a fully healthy season, but with so many variables in play, the Warriors don't need them all to click to win.
Keep Scott Machado or Trade into the NBA Draft
Joe Lacob just said on KNBR that the Warriors could acquire a first round pick, it's "available" he said.— Jimmy Spencer (@JimmySpencerNBA) May 29, 2013
We have no way of knowing whether or not he means trading into the first round or simply buying a pick—in the same way he bought the pick for Jeremy Tyler—but it means they are looking into picking up a player.
One would surmise they might do this if they cannot keep Jack, as it seems likely he'll be offered a good amount of money.
The players they'd target in the draft or in undrafted free agency would likely be Shane Larkin, Nate Wolters, Roy McCollum and a plethora of lower-level point guards.
The Warriors also have in-house options in Kent Bazemore and Scott Machado, but they are still raw and don't provide the necessary veteran presence Coach Mark Jackson apparently liked in his players in crunch time.
With all that being said, if the Warriors are fortunate enough to develop Thompson, Barnes, Green and Festus Ezeli while Rush, Lee and Bogut can stay healthy, the loss of Jack and Landry will be marginalized.
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