Can the Warriors Afford To Keep the Dream Team Together?
The Golden State Warriors has in its arsenal four All-Stars, each one of them named to the 2017 NBA All-Star Game – Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Since 2016, The Warriors has been the talk of the town due to these Fantastic Four. Let’s review what these four have accomplished. On November 7, 2016, Stephen Curry set the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game with 13, in a 116–106 win over the Pelicans. On December 5, 2016, Klay Thompson scored 60 points in 29 minutes, in a 142–106 victory over the Pacers. In doing so, Thompson became the first player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in fewer than 30 minutes of playing time. Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals, becoming the first player in NBA history to post a triple-double with fewer than 10 points.
The Warriors has been wallowing in success, the team went into the 2018 playoffs after earning a 2017–18 regular season record of 58–24. After defeating both the Spurs and the Pelicans 4-1, the Warriors came up against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals and won the series 4-3.
Recently, the 2018 Finals which ended on June 8th pitted the Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors won the championship after going 4–0 in the Finals, sending Cavaliers star LeBron James in a fit punching a whiteboard in frustration and giving himself a broken hand.
It’s been an exhilarating ride, but can Warriors co-owner and CEO Joe Lacob afford to keep the Fantastic Four together? The Warriors already are over the 2018-19 cap, with Steph Curry’s $32.5 million per season on top, Kevin Durant’s $26.5+ million per season, and Klay Thompson’s nearly $19 million per season, according to pro sports salary information site Spotrac. Joe Lacob has said that he and co-owner Peter Guber are willing to pay up, even a tax, to maintain winners.