This summer, the Golden State Warriors could bring back one of Steph Curry's, Klay Thompson's, or Draymond Green's former colleagues.
The Golden State Warriors are looking to construct a championship challenger around their core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, after missing the NBA playoffs the last two years. Reaching into the past a bit could make sense for them as they attempt to build a championship contender around their core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
Despite the fact that Curry is still a strong possibility for NBA MVP, Thompson has not played in a game in two seasons due to injuries.
Green, meanwhile, continues to do what he does best in the Warriors' front court, playing his own brand of basketball.
Simply put, the Warriors have the financial means to bring back a familiar face on a low-cost contract in the hopes of guiding them to a championship.
Here are three former colleagues of Curry, Green, and Thompson who the Warriors can still sign in free agency in 2021.
3 Jordan Bell C Golden State Warriors No NBA team knows center Jordan Bell better than the Golden State Warriors. Even though he only played one regular-season game for the Warriors last season, center Jordan Bell has spent nearly all of his NBA playing career with the Warriors.
The Warriors signed the tiny center as a rookie in 2017-18, and he helped the team win its most recent NBA title.
Before moving around the league, he spent two full seasons in the Bay Area.
This fall, Bell will begin his 27th season out of Oregon.
Bell, who has only averaged 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 12.1 minutes a game this season, should return to the Warriors' bench as a deep reserve.
Bringing back guys who bought in when things were going well is the best approach to re-establish a winning culture.
While this would not be a signing that would delight many Warriors supporters, it is all about perceived value.
Bell has four years of NBA experience and has already served as a backup to Steve Kerr on two occasions.
Knowing that he had another cup of coffee with the Warriors last season, we have to wonder if they will give him a third chance.
Although Bell is a free agent, there are other former Warriors who will have a greater impact.
J.R. Smith is heading to college for the first time, and the former NBA champion will get to call himself a student-athlete. The NCAA ruled Smith eligible to compete for the golf team at North Carolina A&T. There had been questions about whether the NCAA would allow him to play given its amateurism rules, but because Smith hasn't gone pro in golf, he was ruled eligible to play. "The performance of my golf team just got a helping hand because the young man in question is definitely a good player," Watkins said of Smith, per ESPN. "Obviously different environments from playing in front of 20,000 people to playing in a college golf gallery.
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