Entering the 2021 NBA offseason, the Golden State Warriors will be in a bit of a bind considering their cap situation. Superstars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson both own max contracts and will hold most of the Warrior's cap space hostage.
Still, after a disappointing exit from the NBA Play-In Tournament, this team will want to take advantage of the remaining years that Curry and Thompson have left.
With that in mind, here are three free agents the Warriors should sign this offseason to help get this team back near the top of the Western Conference.
Spurs Free Agent Targets 2021
1. Jeff Teague
The Milwaukee Bucks signed Jeff Teague halfway through the 2021 NBA season to help secure some veteran depth at point guard. Curry mans the majority of Golden State's point guard duties and this team has Nico Mannion continuing to develop at the pro level. But, turnovers plagued the Warriors this season, especially with Curry off the court. Golden State ranked bottom-10 in the league with 14.6 turnovers per game. Teague's an older asset, but would come at a cheap price. If the Warriors don't feel confident in Mannion running point with the second team, maybe a veteran option works here. Teague averaged 15.9 minutes in 21 games with Milwaukee this season, recording 6.6 points and 2.8 assists per contest.
2. Gorgui Dieng
The San Antonio Spurs signed Gorgui Dieng after he was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season. He doesn't provide a huge impact, but puts up decent role minutes for a center. In 16 games and just 11.3 minutes played, Dieng averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Those averages equate to 16.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per 36 minutes. The Warriors have rookie James Wiseman coming back from injury next year, but he's the only center on roster under contract. Golden State's interior defensive struggled all year long, giving up 14.2 second-chance points per game - a number that ranks fourth-worst in the league. Dieng's a proficient rebounder who could be signed at a discount.
3. Maurice Harkless
The Warriors will have a decision to make about SF Kelly Oubre Jr. this summer as he's set for unrestricted free agency. He scored 15.4 points per game in 30.7 minutes, but likely isn't worth the contract he'll be after. Andrew Wiggins owns the starting role, but the Warriors will look to add depth here. Enter Maurice Harkless. The 9-year NBA veteran operates as more of a slasher, but can also slot to the power forward position in smaller lineups. That's the kind of versatility that Golden State and head coach Steve Kerr love. Harkless isn't a great shooter from deep (32.1% career), but the Warriors have plenty of shooters on roster. Still, Harkless averages 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per 36 minutes in his career. An above-average defender set for unrestricted free agency could be a cheaper alternative to re-signing Oubre.
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