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The Golden State Warriors are still one win away from winning their third NBA Finals in four years yet they are already drawing interest from other NBA players. Trevor Ariza should at least let the NBA Finals be over before letting his interest in joining the champions leak to the media.
In this day and age, information tends to flow everywhere. If a person thinks it, it's already known by millions of people via the internet. Ariza, who played for the Houston Rockets the past four years is going to be a free agent and rumors say he wants to join the Warriors. Yes, the same Warriors team that defeated his team in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
He is doing exactly what Kevin Durant did two years ago. After the Oklahoma Thunder lost to the Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, Durant opted to play for the Warriors the next season. Life is funny that way.
NBA Players want to play for the Warriors because they have fun while winning. They have a great system and a great coach in Steve Kerr. And NBA players are willing to take a pay cut to do so.
Ariza will have to take a lot less if he wants to play for the Warriors but that doesn’t seem to bother him. He is 33 years old and this will be the last contract he will get paid a lot for unless he signs a 1-year deal and becomes a free agent next year. Even then, at 34, teams won’t shell out much to a player (not named LeBron James).
Houston made a great run this year but they are dismantling at an alarming rate. Ariza is leaving, Chris Paul wants a max contract and the Warriors are still in the Western Conference. If the Rockets do end up paying Paul the max, there will be less money to get a good replacement for Ariza. This may have been the Rocket’s only year in which they could have toppled the Warriors.
As for the Warriors, they are getting a great player in Ariza for practically nothing. He is a great defender, can shoot the three and is tall and lengthy which fits with the Warriors defensive schemes. The Warriors talent pool has been draining the past couple of years because their veteran players are old and their draft picks are young and usually at the bottom of the draft.
Golden State pays their most of their salary to their top five players and that has hurt their bench production. They need players to take less money and not many players will do that, especially if they are in their prime. Getting Ariza will help the Warriors for the next year or two but he will be 35 in two years and unless the Warriors’ best players keep taking pay cuts, their bench will be depleted.
If Ariza does sign with Golden State, they will most likely be in the NBA Finals once again because he is a great two way player and will only improve the Warriors already great defense.