Steve Kerr on Future of Warriors: 'Our Team Is Going to Look a Lot Different'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2019

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr answers questions during a media conference after Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Friday that the Dubs are likely to undergo some changes by the time the 2019-20 season commences.

According to ESPN's Nick Friedell, Kerr expressed hope that the Warriors will re-sign both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson but added: "Our team is going to look a lot different next year."

Even if the Warriors manage to retain Durant and Thompson, it is possible that neither of them will play next season. KD tore his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and Thompson tore his left ACL in Thursday's Game 6 loss, which capped the Toronto Raptors' first championship in franchise history.

Thompson is already set to become an unrestricted free agent, and Durant can be one if he does not opt in to the final year of his contract. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on Get Up! this week and called an opt-in for Durant a "last resort."

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"I think opting in is the last resort." —@wojespn on what he's hearing about Kevin Durant's decision next season https://t.co/7u8mZH62h3

Even though Durant could miss the entire 2019-20 campaign, ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on First Take that the injury is not expected to prevent him from landing a big contract:

Also, ESPN's Bobby Marks said on Get Up! that he spoke with three teams, and all of them said they would still pursue KD. Because of that, Marks sees Durant getting a four-year, $141 million max contract if the 10-time All-Star leaves the Warriors:

On Friday, Windhorst appeared again on First Take and said he has heard that the Warriors plan to offer both Durant and Thompson five-year max deals:

Aside from Durant and Thompson, there are question marks elsewhere on Golden State's roster. Center DeMarcus Cousins is a free agent after signing a one-year deal last offseason, and he may be looking for a multiyear contract this time around, which isn't something the Dubs can offer in all likelihood.

Center Kevon Looney is an unrestricted free agent as well, and losing him would force the Warriors to rely on Damian Jones or restricted free agent Jordan Bell as the primary defensive presence down low.

Swingman Andre Iguodala is under contract for one more season; however, he is 35 years old and could always decide not to play next year after initially indicating he'd return. Guard Shaun Livingston, who has one year left on his deal (partially guaranteed) at 33, has considered retirement, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

The only real guarantee for Golden State next season is that Stephen Curry and Draymond Green will lead the way, but after seeing how the Warriors struggled when Durant and Thompson weren't in the lineup, that may not be enough to reach a sixth consecutive NBA Finals.


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