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The Golden State Warriors have plenty of talent and depth. But they’re looking at some interesting veterans to fill the end of their roster.
The Warriors will begin their championship defense with most of the core pieces from last year’s team still in place. Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica and Gary Payton II have departed but they’ll be adding a healthy James Wiseman, Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green. In addition, the Warriors are reportedly looking at a bizarre group of veterans for workouts to potentially put the finishing touches on their roster.
How will the Golden State Warriors fill out their roster?
Kenneth Faried might be the most interesting name here, considering he hasn’t played an NBA game since the 2018-19 season. That season, Faried appeared in just 37 games, for the Nets and Rockets, averaging 10.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Despite his extended absence from the NBA, Faried is still just 32 years old and, at his peak, was a ferocious finisher and one of the best offensive rebounders in the league. He’d be an extremely interesting fit in the Warriors’ frontcourt, as a lob threat and open-court weapon.
The rest of the list are wings and backcourt players, each with very different skill sets. Hollis-Jefferson is a hybrid forward who was an excellent defender with severe offensive deficiencies. Payton is a big point guard and something of a game manager but is a career 28.7 3-point shooter. McLemore is a perimeter shooting specialist who has made 36.3 percent of his career 3-pointers and averaged 10.2 points per game for the Portland Trail Blazers last season.
There’s no guarantee that any of these players will actually make the roster but in their enormous skill differences, they paint an interesting picture of what the Warriors may be looking to prioritize at the end of their rotation.