Though this may come as a shock to some (read: none) of you, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers doesn’t anticipate his team being active ahead of the trade deadline.
From the Bay Area New Group’s Bob Myers:
Tell me every trade you currently have in the works.
Bob Myers: “Look, there’s the stock answers that we will be active, we will be aggressive. But we’re also smart enough to know what we have. We don’t want to disrupt what we have. Doesn’t mean we won’t answer the phone, doesn’t mean we won’t explore possibilities. But reality is, we like who we have and, even if we didn’t, our options are somewhat limited. Utah has our first (rounder) this year from the Iguodala transaction back in 2013. So we’ll see what happens. If we end up not doing anything, that would be a fine outcome as well.”
So yeah, the Warriors aren’t going to do anything. They have the best record in the NBA, in addition to the best net rating by a mile, according to NBA.com. Losses like the one they suffered at the hands of the shorthanded Denver Nuggets this week are bad, but they’re nowhere near enough to instill fear.
Besides, even if the Warriors wanted to make a move, it would be tough. They don’t have assets making enough money to bring anyone of consequence back in return. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala are both too valuable to ship out, and no one’s going to give up much for their expiring deals.
From there, if you’re the Warriors, there’s no point risking any morale swings because you’re fielding calls on Patrick McCaw or Kevin Looney. It’s best to just the course—it’s easy too, particularly when your heavy NBA title favorites.