After the title, the Warriors are having a mixed summer, with many departures during the Free Agency, including one that would be a source of internal tension. Indeed, several players would not understand why a former teammate was left free by the leaders.
Nearly 3 weeks after winning the title and making history, once again the Warriors leaders have to get back to work to deal with the many onslaught during the Free Agency… Indeed, the Warriors have been looted from everywhere, and in particular by the Lakers, who hastened to sign Juan Toscano-Anderson as soon as the market opened.
The concern in Golden State is that the payroll is already disproportionate, so it is very difficult for GM Bob Myers to negotiate and compete with offers from certain franchises that can afford it. But if this dynasty has been successful for so long, it’s because the leaders always have good ideas and solid B plans to strengthen the workforce. According to several journalists, it is Kevin Durant who could make a comeback soon and fill the void left by some.
The departure of Gary Payton does not pass at the Warriors!
If the transaction between the Warriors and the Nets is done, the whole franchise should find a smile and forget the emerging tensions internally… Indeed, according to information collected by Anthony Slater of The Athletic, a departure during the Free Agency would have annoyed several players and coaches. When we see the importance of this talent in the Finals, we understand the misunderstanding:
The departure of Gary Payton II has stung several players and several members of the organization according to our sources. Everyone loved the person, and they learned to love the contribution of his unique qualities. He was helping to win. For the first time since reaching the top in 2015, the Warriors lost one of the nuggets they unearthed by refusing to offer him a salary commensurate with his contribution.
According to Anthony Slater, several Warriors would find it difficult to understand the departure of Gary Payton II for Portland, who was so important in the playoffs, and in particular in the Finals against Boston. Let’s hope for them that this departure will be quickly compensated by Bob Myers, who is never short of good ideas. The good news is that Stephen Curry should not be one of the outraged, he who is having fun in the Summer League.
Steph Curry has officially gone full FAN-MODE and even caught a shirt 😂 pic.twitter.com/QnAT6XOWxz
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The Warriors loved Gary Payton II and knew full well what he brought to the group… This departure could indeed have sporting consequences, but also moral ones, since several players would be disappointed with this decision…