Kawakami: Quick thoughts on the Warriors’ deadline pressures and the 49ers’ big challenge

What the Warriors do — or do not do, possibly much more importantly — in the subsequent few weeks main as much as the Feb. 9 commerce deadline will inform us quite a bit about how the entrance workplace is approaching this fateful upcoming offseason and how a lot championship life they imagine is left in the core of this workforce.

Because you’ll be able to take a look at Thursday night time’s stirring additional time loss and suppose, yeah, everytime you’ve obtained Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson wholesome and laser-focused on proving everyone mistaken once more, you’ve got obtained an opportunity to win one other title, so why make drastic adjustments on the fly? And if Jordan Poole performs that sort of two-way sport, immediately Steve Kerr’s new beginning lineup seems to be fairly harmful in potential playoff matchups towards Memphis, Denver or New Orleans.

You also can conclude that the Warriors aren’t almost as deep as they have been in earlier title runs, together with final season, they’re beneath .500 by way of 55 % of the season for a motive, and they are not more likely to survive 4 playoff rounds probably with out residence courtroom benefit and with simply eight or 9 reliable gamers.

So I’ve obtained a double conclusion from that Boston efficiency: It not solely proved that this Warriors season might be saved however that it’s value making an attempt to save lots of.

But to try this, the Warriors must sacrifice a bit of their future. And to do that, the Warriors’ brass must have an excellent inkling that the Curry-Draymond-Klay period is sweet to undergo subsequent season. Do they’ve that inkling? TBD.

• Draymond is the present-and-future pivot level right here. He virtually all the time is. He’s obtained a participant choice for subsequent season — the Warriors hardly ever give these out (Kevin Durant was the earlier exception), however they did it for Draymond to acknowledge that he is prolonged his deal a number of instances when he would’ve gotten extra if he’d waited it out and hit the open market. Those had been his personal choices, however this time the Warriors rewarded him with the participant choice. Which takes either side to the brink subsequent summer time.

There’s no motive for Draymond to make up his thoughts till July. He’s correctly letting this season play out earlier than making any declarations. He is aware of the Warriors are in a luxury-tax crunch. They’ve obtained Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman, two younger gamers who theoretically may fill a few of his minutes in the future.

But nobody, two and even three gamers are ever going to interchange even 75 % of what Draymond has finished for this franchise for years. Is that value a two-year, $50 million extension this July? $60 million? Will Draymond desire a new begin elsewhere? We’ll see. But a deep run this summer time, if the Warriors can handle that, would go an extended method to getting either side to work to maintain this factor collectively into 2023-24.

• I doubt the Warriors will contemplate buying and selling Kuminga. He’s the solely current lottery decide who has earned a spot in Kerr’s rotation (when wholesome) and he is the one who nonetheless has the potential to be a star. Of course, Wiseman has been damage an excessive amount of (and is damage now) and carried out too erratically to place in that class. Moses Moody’s DNP-CD on Thursday, when Kerr solely performed eight guys, is all you might want to learn about Moody’s place in the roster hierarchy.

It’s not clear what Wiseman or Moody — or Wiseman and Moody (and even Patrick Baldwin Jr.) in a package deal — are value on the commerce market proper now. Probably not that a lot. But possibly the Warriors can manufacture a proposal to get a rotation participant like Jakob Poeltl, Alex Caruso or Eric Gordon?

I get that there are grey areas right here. It’s not all spelled out. There’s danger in every single place. But is preserving the potential of Wiseman’s future with the Warriors at the expense of what is potential proper now with Curry, the biggest participant the franchise will ever have, actually what the Warriors need to do right here?

If the Warriors do not significantly contemplate a transfer like this by Feb. 9, it may sign that they are not certain or not planning for Draymond to be again. That’s why they’d need to maintain onto Wiseman. And I do know Joe Lacob and Bob Myers like their younger gamers and do not need to begin burning future draft selections. That’s not illogical in any respect. What in the event that they make a transfer and they nonetheless come up means quick this summer time? That could be a debacle.

But particularly after that big effort in Boston on Thursday, betting on Curry-Draymond-Klay yet one more time appears fairly in line with the considering that made the Warriors who they’re proper now.

• Final Warriors thought: However this season goes, I do not suppose the Warriors will begin subsequent season with all three of those gamers on the roster and payroll — Draymond, Wiseman, Jordan Poole. If you understand that, and two of these three are serving to you now and one is not, possibly you may make an early resolution on this one.

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• At some level, Brock Purdy will not look nice in a big sport. Maybe that’ll contribute to a 49ers playoff loss. That would possibly come Sunday towards a really harmful Dallas workforce. It would possibly come the weekend after that in Philadelphia. It won’t come till subsequent postseason, who is aware of. All quarterbacks are inclined to a stumble or two in elimination moments.

But except he completely unravels, it is fairly clear that Purdy’s seven-game stretch has confirmed that he is the 49ers’ finest QB choice into the future. Actually, I’m fairly certain the 49ers’ brass determined that some time in the past (my guess: proper after the victory in Seattle, judging by the seems to be on a number of executives’ faces that night time).

• A notice, since we’re on the 49ers-Cowboys nostalgia run: Then-25-year-old Joe Montana threw 3 interceptions (and 3 touchdowns, one in every of them reasonably giant) in the titanic January 1982 NFC title-game victory over Dallas. Montana’s regular-season TD/INT ratio was 19/12 and he had an 88.4 passer ranking. You do not need to be excellent as a younger QB to point out you are the man.

I’m not saying Purdy is Montana. I’m simply saying younger QBs develop into it in a variety of methods, and that does not imply trying precisely like Patrick Mahomes in each enormous sport. Oh wait, bear in mind Mahomes’ final two playoff losses: He threw a mixed 4 interceptions in the season-ending losses to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl 55 and Cincinnati in final yr’s AFC title sport. Those losses weren’t Mahomes’ fault. But even the biggest QBs aren’t singularly nice in each playoff sport.

• With Jalen Hurts’ well being a query mark going into the Eagles’ divisional-round assembly with the Giants on Saturday, I believe Dallas is perhaps the most harmful NFC opponent potential for the 49ers.

We know that the 49ers have been unbelievable at avoiding turnovers in the final 11 weeks (only a whole of 5 throughout the successful streak, whereas forcing 23 on this span for a ridiculous plus-18 turnover margin), however the Cowboys’ protection led the league with 33 takeaways in the common season. If the Cowboys drive one or two early turnovers, this might put the 49ers in slightly little bit of panic mode. I do not suppose Purdy and the 49ers would soften on this state of affairs, however down early to Dallas in the NFC divisional spherical is slightly bit totally different than chasing down, say, the Raiders in Week 17.

• And Dak Prescott plus Tony Pollard plus CeeDee Lamb current the hardest full offensive risk to the 49ers since they confronted Mahomes and the Chiefs again in October. Otherwise often called the final time the 49ers misplaced.

• I’m nonetheless choosing the 49ers to win this sport (official decide on Twitter about 24 hours earlier than kickoff), however I believe it will go all the way down to the wire. And then it could possibly be determined by … kickers Brett Maher and Robbie Gould? If it is windy at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, that would get very fascinating.

• Since I discussed a number of weeks in the past — in the Carlos Correa deal/no-deal whirlwind — that it is potential the Johnsons simply aren’t able to decide to mega free-agent offers and possibly that would result in promoting the Giants … I ought to add this now:

By all current indications, the Giants are literally completely not on the market. In truth, I’ve heard that chairman Greg Johnson not too long ago acquired at the least one outdoors provide to purchase their controlling stake in the workforce and that Johnson turned it down flat.

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