Even though Golden State acquired Kelly Oubre earlier this week, general manager Bob Myers isn’t done adding depth to his backcourt.
This has been a tough offseason for the Warriors in large part because of the recent Klay Thompson news. The All-Star guard suffered a torn Achilles during a workout this week. He’ll have to miss the entire 2020-21 season.
Replacing an elite playmaker like Thompson is nearly impossible, but the Warriors are trying their hardest to piece together a competitive roster.
According to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, the Warriors could be in the market for Austin Rivers. He recently opted out of his deal with the Houston Rockets.
Rivers averaged 8.8 points and 1.7 assists per game last season.
The market probably has to shake out a little more because the Warriors' tools are limited, but @anthonyVslater has been pointing to Austin Rivers for a while and he's still available. Depends on the price point, I'd guess. https://t.co/w5Yth3mgaI
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) November 21, 2020
Steph Curry and Kelly Oubre should form a solid one-two punch in the backcourt for Golden State. Now factor in Rivers as the first guard off the bench, and the Warriors should have a really solid rotation.
The free agency market isn’t loaded with guards, so Rivers should have a plethora of suitors. Who knows, maybe he’ll reunite with his father in Philadelphia.
Rivers hasn’t lived up to the hype since leaving Duke for the NBA, but he’s been a solid role player for several years. We’ll find out soon enough where he’ll be taking his talents.