The Golden State Warriors made under-the-radar moves last season by acquiring veteran role players Carl Landry and Jarret Jack. Both of them provided veteran leadership throughout the season. Without Jack and Landry the Warriors certainly would not have had the success they had last season. With Curry’s fragile ankles constantly giving him trouble, Jack stepped onto the court as the floor general whenever Curry was out. During the regular season, Landry teamed with David Lee to dominate the paint for the Warriors. After the heart-breaking loss to the Spurs in the playoffs, many thought the Warriors would try and make a run at least one of the two veterans, but both Jack and Landry have left the team.
Letting Jack and Landry walk was the right decision for the future of the Golden State Warriors. While both of them brought valuable contribution to the 2012-2013 Warriors, their contract demands would have put the Warriors in a bind in future years. The Warriors made one of the biggest free agent splashes in their anemic history by signing superstar Andre Iguodala to a four year contract. Iguodala’s four year 48 million dollar contract would actually be cheaper than the combined salary of Jack and Landrys four year 51 million dollars. Not only is Iguodala light years ahead of both Jack and Landry in talent, but he also has the offensive skills to play point forward and all-world defensive credentials to guard any guard/forward in the NBA.
The Warriors signed Marreese Speights and Jermaine O’neal to replace Carl Landry. While neither option will be as solid as Landry, they both come at a much cheaper price. Now that Bogut is at full-strength, paying big bucks for a backup big man is not necessary for the Warriors. This will be the first time in decades that the expectations are sky-high for the Golden State Warriors. The 2013/2014 Warriors essentially have 6 great starters on the squad that can match up with any team in the NBA. Only time will tell if they can live up to the lofty expectations of the die-hard bay area fans.
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