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Warriors news: Steve Kerr expects Cavs-Celtics trade to make both teams better

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and San Antonio Spurs are all expected to be top title challengers to the defending champion Golden State Warriors this season.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has weighed in on some of those three teams’ offseason moves, and he was fairly complimentary of them, as Anthony Slater of The Athletic notes.

Kerr is probably fair in his assessment that the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade was beneficial to both the Cavs and Celtics. However, it will still come down to whether Thomas will be able to fully recover from his hip injury and return to the type of play which made him an All-NBA selection last season.

Similarly, while Gay has the potential to be a very effective player as more of a small-ball power forward in San Antonio, he’ll still need to show that he remains capable of being the same player despite his Achilles injury, which is a notoriously tough injury to fully recover from.

If Gay proves that he is, though, Kerr might need to keep another eye on Gay and start figuring out how to match up against him if they meet in the postseason.