This season hasn't gone according to plan for the Golden State Warriors, and as a result, the team may look to the trade deadline in order to get things back on track.
Earlier in the week, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher wrote that the Warriors were in the "buyer" camp ahead of Feb. 20:
A quick list of teams that could be active at the trade deadline, split into buyers and sellers: 76ers, Jazz, Bucks, Lakers and Bulls are potential sellers; Bobcats, Warriors, Knicks, Nets, Cavaliers, Wizards, Suns, Mavs and Pistons are all potential buyers. The Timberwolves and Nuggets, one executive opined, could swing either way depending on how the next week or so goes.
Looking at the team's current construction, it's not as if major changes are needed. A couple of tweaks, though, could mean the difference between home-court advantage in the playoffs or having to play somebody like the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs or Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.
However, general manager Bob Myers threw a wet blanket on any speculation that the team would do much before the deadline, per Basketball Insiders' Nate Duncan:
Yeah, we’re comfortable. I read today that the starters are 21-7 and I don’t know how much stock to put into something like that. I guess it’s better than 7-21, but we do feel like it can be a competitive group heading into the future. We feel like it hasn’t hit its ceiling or even close to it, we hope, both for this year and beyond. We are comfortable with it. We have time to see how it develops. You have to sometimes be patient as you progress as an organization. We are not thinking that if we don’t win a championship this year, it’s a failed season; we don’t have that dialogue, we don’t believe in that mentality.
GSW about $2.2M under tax line. Bob Myers said no mandate from owner Joe Lacob to stay out. Would take a special deal, but they’re willing.— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) January 16, 2014
The Warriors have little flexibility in terms of cap space, so that also hinders their ability to be a major buyer in the trade market.
Still, you never know what can happen between now and Feb. 20.
Read on to stay updated with the latest news and rumors surrounding Golden State ahead of the deadline.