The Warriors have shut down the western conference’s arms race in free agency

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With the Golden State Warriors dominating the league the last three years, players in the western conference are teaming up in attempt to dethrone them, but the Warriors have responded with free agency signings to stay on top.

First the Warriors locked up their core by re-signing Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Kevin Durant. Then they went out and added two solid role players to come off the bench and add to their depth. Now their biggest advantage, their bench, just got stronger.

Just when teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves, who received Jimmy Butler, the Houston Rockets, who now have Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who acquired Paul George, thought they were ready to challenge Golden State’s throne, the Warriors got even better.  They added Omri Casspi and Nick Young in free agency who are both players that can get hot and shoot the lights out. Both Young and Casspi will fit into Golden State’s style of play and gives the team with the most offensive firepower more options that spread the floor and shoot a high percentage from three.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Young agreed to a one-year $5.2 million deal which is considerably less than he could have gotten on the market with another team on a mid-level contract. However, the 32-year-old opted to take less and go on a title run.

Wojnarowski also reported Casspi agreed to a one-year deal with the dubs. That contract is reportedly worth $2.1 million, the veteran minimum.

Thanks in part to Durant taking a sizable pay cut, the Warriors were able to not only re-sign important role players like Iguodala and Livingston but acquire Young and Casspi. It also helped leave room for Golden State to complete their roster with more quality players. The Warriors have three roster spots left and chances are they will bring back big men JaVale McGee and Zaza Pachulia and another quality role player.

The rest of the league can’t do anything to stop the Warriors’ dominance because they’re not done winning and are rebuilding an impenetrable team. No matter how many stars other teams have, Golden State simply has no weaknesses.


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