The Golden State Warriors are set to begin their pursuit of their third consecutive NBA title.
On Thursday, the team announced their roster for when training camp begins next week. One of the most interesting storylines involving the roster is the fact that guard Patrick McCaw isn’t on it after he has yet to sign his qualifying offer with Golden State.
The Warriors are coming off back-to-back NBA titles after sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals. For his efforts during that series, star forward Kevin Durant was named the NBA Finals MVP and ended up re-signing with the team shortly after free agency opened in July.
Warriors announce their training camp roster. As of now, Patrick McCaw is not on it. pic.twitter.com/sEsbAwJd3M
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 20, 2018
If that wasn’t enough, the Warriors sent shockwaves through the NBA during the offseason when the team signed All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to a $5.3 million contract. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the former Kentucky Wildcat had his choices narrowed down to the Warriors or Boston Celtics prior to agreeing to his deal with Golden State.
Cousins is coming off a torn Achilles injury that he suffered in late January as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to the injury, the All-Star center was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks while also shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Cousins was in the midst of having one of the best seasons of his NBA career and his 12.9 rebounds per contest were a career-high.
In addition to having Cousin join the roster and Durant re-signing with the team, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will form arguably the most lethal backcourts in the NBA and should do so at 100 percent for the first time in quite a while. Curry dealt with ankle and knee injuries throughout the season and Thompson missed multiple weeks late in the regular season due to a hand injury. One of the most interesting storylines to follow throughout the season will be the play of Thompson because he will be a free agent next summer.
The team also re-signed Kevon Looney to a minimum one-year deal in addition to Jonas Jerebko. Cousins may not be able to suit up for the Warriors when the regular season begins in October. However, it’s clear that he’s ready to contribute to a championship contending team in a move that could put him in a great position next summer.
While the team likely won’t have Cousins during the first couple of months of the season, they can certainly afford to play on without his services. As long as the Warriors are healthy, it’s hard not to like the team’s chances of being the top seed in the Western Conference this coming season.