While the NBA Odds are down this offseason due to the latest Lebron news, let’s take the time to look at a team on the rise in the Western Conference.
NBA Championship (+3000)
These are old NBA Odds, but the most recent numbers before the sportsbooks pulled the NBA Futures had the Warriors at +3000 to win the title. This seems like a bargain in retrospect because of the rumors flying around Oakland’s basketball team right now. Reports say that the Wolves and Warriors are in talks to ship Kevin Love to Golden State for some package revolving around David Lee, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes.
This is a steep asking price, but it seems fair from my prospective. The Wolves are probably demanding Thompson, which apparently derailed the deal (for now), but the longer this goes on, the likelihood of a bidding war grows.
Another thing that could be holding up the deal is Flip Saunders. Flip dos not want the “James Harden of the north trade,” where the Wolves don’t get crap in return for their star player. His point is valid. The original deal did not include Thompson, which would have been a steal for the Warriors. Now that the Wolves are demanding more, it’s tough to say what the Warriors will do. A third team might have to get involved into the talks, and the Warriors might have missed their chance because the price is only going to go up.
I don’t think the Warriors are completely sold on blowing up this deal by not including Thompson, but it looks more likely that Love will at least start the season in Minnesota. However once the Warriors realize that they will have to pay up for a Love trade, I think they will pull the trigger. The West isn’t getting any easier, and as currently constructed, the Dubs are not NBA Title contenders, and adding them to you NBA picks would be a waste of your cash.
Western Conference (+1500)
The Warriors currently don’t have any picks in the upcoming draft, however besides potentially pulling off a blockbuster trade to bring in Love, the Warriors have some other business to take care of this offseason. They currently have about $65 million committed next season depending on the outcome of the Love Saga, however they have two guys that are free agents this summer that were rather big for them off the bench.
Both Jermaine O’Neal and Steve Blake are unrestricted free agents, and depending on the summer market, these guys could both potentially make more money elsewhere. O’Neal was particularly valuable as a back up to Andrew Bogut, and knowing the veteran’s history, a team might be willing to risk bring him on. Blake is a toss up on whether he stays or goes, but the Warriors are going to have to get creative this summer.
Any trade bringing in Love would require the Dubs to take back one of the Wolves’ bad contracts. My gut tells me it might be Chase Budinger, and if that’s the case, even a trade involving all three players from Golden State would still give the Warriors more money to take on from Budinger and Love’s contracts.Either way you slice it this summer for the Warriors, they are going to have to pay a lot for Love, and it’s getting to the point where some in their organization are thinking it might not be worth it. Love is going to be a free agent one year from now, and all 29 other teams know that, so why should the Warriors waste their future? Granted Golden State won’t have the money to sign Love outright next season, but they could get there by shedding Lee’s contract somehow this season, which has only two years remaining