Warriors turns attention to landing wings on minimum deals
Having secured the first 12 players on the roster, the Golden State Warriors will turn their attention to adding a couple of wing players, shortly after agreeing to terms with DeMarcus Cousins for the mid-level exception and Kevon Looney on a minimum deal.
Among their free agent options are Luc Mbah A Moute, Wayne Ellington, and Michael Beasley, according to Dieter Kurtenbach of the San Jose Mercury News.
Mbah A Moute came over as a byproduct of the Chris Paul trade, as the Houston Rockets were forced to reload with a hollowed out roster after giving seven players to the L.A. Clippers to make the trade work. The Cameroonian was slowed by injuries in the postseason, rendering him unable to play.
At 6-foot-9, Mbah A Moute offers the necessary defensive skills to switch between multiple positions, from small forward to center. His new-found ability to hit open threes makes him a valuable three-and-D prospect for the defending champions — having knocked down 36.4 percent of his attempts from deep last season.
Ellington is fresh off setting the franchise record for threes made in a season for the Miami Heat after putting up eight trifectas in the season finale. A sharpshooter with plenty of NBA experience, he lines up as a strong candidate to back up Klay Thompson. He will to benefit from a passing offense that is bound to find him wide open from beyond the arc. Nick Young is not expected to return after not living up to his mid-level exception deal.
Beasley is perhaps one of the most intriguing options, as he is very good friends with Durant and provides a taste of home for the two-time reigning Finals MVP. The lefty forward had a great season coming off the bench for the New York Knicks, putting up the fourth-highest scoring average of his career with 13.2 points on a strong 50.7 percent from the field.
Beasley has shot over 50 percent from the floor in his last three seasons, and he’s put that together by shooting a sharp 39.5 percent from deep last season after shooting a blistering 41.9 percent with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-17.
Experienced, and a capable and willing rebounder, the Kansas State product could provide a scoring punch off the bench while playing at either forward spot.
Another previously unmentioned option is Patrick McCaw, who missed the latter part of the regular season with a spinal injury after being undercut by Vince Carter of the Sacramento Kings.
He’s still very much in the running for one of the two wings spots, having grown within the system and showing a commitment to winning basketball games, though he will have to come at the right price.