I don't like the fact that this thread and threads like it exist, mostly because i don't think it's right to Monsta and other GS fans on here, but the fact is talk like this does exist and will continue to exist especially as we get closer to 2017, and by that point the chatter won't just be from Charlotte fans. So get used to it.
Charlotte folks are talking about it right now because the idea of acquiring Steph is literally the only ray of hope for this team to be a contender right now after we royally FUBAR'd this rebuilding process and continued to be the mediocre franchise that we are. Beaten down by bad luck and worse management, it's the only thing we have to hang our hats on right now (that and MKG's defense, but he's injured all the time, and he still can't shoot, and his shooting coach is gone, and...yeah...)
Which reminds me: A loyal, small market beaten down by bad luck and bad management sounds an awful lot like a Golden State franchise that was booing Joe Lacob at Chris Mullin's jersey retirement ceremony only three years ago. GS has rightfully earned the title of one of the most lovable, fun teams of the last few years, but if not for Steph Curry, you've got a franchise history that looks an awful lot like Charlotte's since 1988. I know you understand this, Monsta, but this is for the posts I've seen in here that make it look like the Warriors are the Spurs historically from an organization standpoint.
Which brings me to the present Warriors. By the numbers, a historically great team, probably the favorites to win the championship this season. But much like the Seahawks, they are the beneficiaries of players putting up insane production relative to the salaries they are making this season. Curry signed an extension coming off an ankle injury and it was a gamble that paid off tremendously. He is making 10.6 million this season. Draymond Green was a second round pick and in the last year of his deal, he's making 915k.
By comparison, they are paying less to those two guys this year than the Hornets are paying Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson INDIVIDUALLY next season. That's a historically great bargain, but it ends this season. Will they pay Draymond Green the max deal he's sure to get this offseason, and if they let him walk, what will that mean to the team's performance especially on the defensive end? As great as this Warriors team is, this could be the only year we get to see them perform at this level as the bill comes due on Draymond. There's also no guarantee they even make the finals this season. Have you seen the Western Conference playoffs? It's insane.
Also, regarding the future cap, unfortunately for the Warriors it's not as simple as "pay him whatever he wants." There's a certain salary structure in the NBA, and while they can offer him the highest amount of money possible in free agency, the difference isn't so astronomical that other factors won't come into play in courting him. One of Cho's last redeeming qualities as a general manager is he has structured that cap sheet so Charlotte has a lot of money to play with once the cap jumps up, so (if they're smart) Charlotte should be able to make an offer.
- Montsta PIE'd this