REPORT: Golden State has no plans to sign another center
The Golden State Warriors are still the odds-on favorite to win a third straight championship but they’ve had their share of struggles due to injuries to their frontcourt unit. The latest player to be hit by the injury bug was Warriors big man Damian Jones, who recently underwent surgery on a torn left pectoral muscle.
Jones is the third Warrior big man to struggle through injuries this season. Draymond Green’s sprained right toe has kept him out of action for parts of this season and free agent signing DeMarcus Cousins is still slowly working his way back from an Achilles tear last season.
Despite the injuries, the Warriors aren’t planning on picking up any centers off of the free agent market — at least for now.
“We’re not going to do that,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle after shoot-around Friday afternoon at Fiserv Forum. “We’re not adding anyone right now. We need to be fully healthy before we can really assess anything.”
The good news for the Warriors is that they don’t need to worry about the regular season as much as other teams do. They’re a lock to make the playoffs despite their battered frontcourt. It’s much more important for the Warriors to make sure they’re fully healthy for the playoffs. Games in early December aren’t nearly as important for the two-time defending champs.
If the frontcourt struggles and the injuries to Green and Cousins continue to linger, perhaps Golden State will seek reinforcements on the free agent market. But they don’t have any plans of doing that anytime soon.