The Warriors have free agency deals coming up for Klay Thompson and Chris Paul

Things have been quiet on the Warriors front for weeks, similar to all the opposite teams whose season ended with no playoff spot.

But not for long.

As the NBA Finals between the Celtics and the Mavericks heats up, so does the behind-the-scenes dealings. The essential dates are fast approaching, which implies there can be movement – first on the fringes after which toward the core.

Gary Payton II must determine whether to exercise his $9.1 million player option before June 19. The team must either re-sign Kevon Looney for $8 million or release him by June 24, saving $5 million. Chris Paul's non-guaranteed $30 million contract will kick in June 28 unless Golden State releases or trades him.

Most realistic outcomes: The Warriors and Payton restructure the contract and conform to a contract extension. This saves the Warriors taxpayer money and provides the oft-injured guard more guaranteed salary (two years, $12 million). Looney is released. Paul negotiates an extension of his contract until July, giving the Warriors more time to weigh transfers and reply to Klay Thompson's situation.

There can be lots of activity across the league surrounding the NBA Draft on June 26 and when Klay Thompson and other free agents officially hit the market on June 30.

So benefit from the finale, because things are getting serious in Warriorsland.

Decade of a dynasty, packed

This is the tenth final for the reason that Warriors' first championship title, and it has been an incredible run.

Golden State has won 4 titles within the last ten seasons and reached the Finals twice. They have led the league with six championship appearances since 2014.

What other teams have won no less than 4 Larry O'Brien Trophies and made it to no less than six Finals in 10 years? Bill Russell's Celtics (11 rings in 13 years), the Showtime Lakers, Jordan's Bulls and the Lakers of the early 2000s.

That's it.

Maintaining greatness is the toughest thing in sports. The Warriors have done it in addition to anyone. It may not look so pretty now, but 29 other franchises would trade their last 10 years with the Warriors in a heartbeat.

The picks of the second round

The Warriors brought 31 young players to Chase Center for pre-draft training – roughly hour-long sessions of shooting drills, live 3-on-3 games and live game simulations.

Of the 31, 25 have no less than 4 years of faculty experience. Fourteen have no less than five years of faculty experience and are making the most of relaxed NCAA rules on transfers and eligibility within the COVID yr.

The Warriors clearly have a sort.

Golden State, chosen 53rd overall, needs to seek out one other player at the top of the draft who can contribute immediately, just as general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. did last yr with Trayce Jackson-Davis. It's a difficult task, but it may well repay in an enormous way; the Warriors owe Jackson-Davis (chosen 57th last yr) just $6.5 million over the subsequent three seasons.

That's a bargain for a very good backup center, especially for a club within the Warriors' financial situation.

Jackson-Davis was also so successful because he had 4 years of faculty experience from Indiana to fall back on, and the Warriors are convinced that this can profit him.

What could have happened to Porzingis?

Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis crushed the Mavericks in the primary game of the finals. He returned after a 38-day break because of a calf strain. The 2.21-meter-tall center scored 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes.

The Celtics' acquisition of Porzingis was a robbery. Here's how Brad Stevens and Co. did it:

Celtics receive:

–Kristaps Porzingis (via Wizards)

–No. 25 within the 2023 draft (via Grizzlies)

–First-round pick 2024 (top-4 protected, via Warriors)

Grizzlies receive:

–Marcus Smart (via Celtics)

Wizards receive:

–Tyus Jones (via Grizzlies)

–Danilo Gallinari (via Celtics)

–Mike Muscala (via Celtics)

-No. 35 within the 2023 draft (via Celtics)

The Celtics got Porzingis and two first-round picks for Marcus Smart, a second-round pick and a salary filler. Phew.

Washington released Porzingis, Bradley Beal and Chris Paul last yr. They wanted future assets for every of them – draft picks or young players with potential.

The Warriors could have made the Wizards a greater offer than Boston. But so could almost another team. Porzingis' value was low – he’s consistently injured and the team that signs him would should extend his contract for lots of money (just like the Celtics).

Golden State would have been significantly better off with Porzingis. He's the form of stretch-five they need alongside Draymond Green.

Transfer envy shouldn’t be entirely futile. Executives are judged by the transactions they make and those they don't make. Incidents just like the Porzingis deal should influence the Warriors moving forward. They can't pass up more beaten-down assets with star potential this summer – especially when the value is so low. They now not have the luxurious of being picky. They are not any higher than the likes of Zach LaVine or Brandon Ingram.

Porzingis would have been great. The Warriors – and several other other teams – are probably upset that they let Boston take him. Find the subsequent Porzingis.

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