Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley being targeted by Warriors
The Golden State Warriors may not be hogging the headlines like the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James, and Kahwi Leonard, among others, but that doesn’t mean they’re standing pat. According to a report by Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, the Bay Area could become a destination for Trevor Ariza and Avery Bradley this summer.
If Houston small forward Trevor Ariza can’t find a big-time payday with the Rockets or anyone else, the prospect of joining the Warriors on a one-year deal is known to be of interest. Golden State has also discussed Avery Bradley as an option, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has seen the eight-year veteran hound the Warriors’ scorers these past few years. Bradley’s season was cut short by abdominal surgery in March, and he played just 46 games for Detroit and the Los Angeles Clippers.
As strong as the Warriors are now, it’s crazy to think that they could still add players of Ariza and Bradley’s caliber to their roster. Both players fit the mold of the defending champions’ vaunted play style. They’re three-and-D assets who are proven commodities.
Ariza is coming off a seven-game showdown against the Warriors as a member of the Houston Rockets. Meanwhile, Bradley’s season came to a screeching halt no thanks to an injury, but he still remains as one the league’s most menacing ball-hawkers when healthy.
Without a doubt, the Warriors are considered an NBA dynasty and the allure of becoming part of something special could pay dividends for the team as they try to improve their already-formidable roster. DeAndre Jordan has been thrown into the mix of potential additions and other veterans could follow suit.