One day after the Warriors were bounced from the NBA Finals, Steph Curry and Draymond Green dusted themselves off and made one thing clear: Change can be good.
Asked if they thought it best to keep the roster basically intact, both paused before expressing a trust in management/ownership to do what was necessary to provide the best chance to win a championship.
“Hopefully, the roster that’s here next year,” Curry said roughly 18 hours after the Game 7 loss to Cleveland, “is one that’s capable of getting back to the stage and continuing to push this organization further.”
Said the normally opinionated Green: “I’m not really a guy who says, ‘Ahh, man, you need to keep this team together so we can really prove what (the skeptics) said wasn’t right. No. We lost. That is what it is. It doesn’t matter at this point.
“What do you do . . . to make sure that it doesn’t happen again?”
Now you know.
After covertly recruiting seven-time All-Star Kevin Durant throughout the regular season, Curry and Green, among others, assisted in the final persuasion that resulted in Durant announcing Monday that he would be joining the Warriors.
By Monday night, veteran center Zaza Pachulia was agreeing to a salary reduction to come aboard.
By Tuesday afternoon, veteran forward David West decided he was willing to take a minimum salary to sign a contract.
The dramatically altered roster suddenly looks deeper than it ever has. Assuming all three veterans sign sometime after 9:01 Wednesday night, the Warriors have filled most every significant slot.
Centers: Pachulia and first-round pick Damian Jones, whose signing is a formality.
Forwards: Durant, Green, Kevon Looney, David West.
Forward/guards: Andre Iguodala and second-round pick Patrick McCaw.
Guards: Curry, Shaun Livingston and Thompson.
That’s 11 players in a league where rotations generally run from seven to 10.
With four slots remaining, don’t rule out the return of popular veteran guard Leandro Barbosa. Maybe young guard Ian Clark comes back. Forward Landry Fields or centers Dwayne Dedmon and Ognjen Kuzmic can get in the mix.
General manager Bob Myers and his broad cabinet of scouts, advisers and ambassadors merely have to find four healthy players capable of providing in a pinch – and willing to work for cheap.
Based on their general shopping ability and their work over the past few days, that won’t be a problem.
Curry and Green all along knew the goal. They understood the need for change. And, moreover, had faith it could be successfully achieved.