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Where Warriors stand in Western Conference after free agency

by Lewis hawkins
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NBA free agency has more or less come and gone. There were few earth-shattering moves, and only one blockbuster trade.

As of Tuesday, Dennis Schröder and Paul Millsap are the biggest remaining names on the market, but neither’s decision will move the needle when it comes to the Western Conference or NBA title picture.

With that being said, it’s time to look at the Western Conference pecking order with most of the offseason moves in the books.

After missing the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, the Warriors should be primed to jump back into contention this season. Klay Thompson is expected to return at some point after tearing his Achilles last November, marking the first time the Warriors’ core will take the floor together since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Andre Iguodala’s return will give the Warriors a secondary ball-handler and versatile wing defender off the bench who also will serve as a sounding board for Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Thompson, as well as a mentor to rookies Kuminga and Moody.

While no blockbuster trade has materialized for the Warriors, Golden State addressed some areas of need and it looks like Kuminga and Moody might be able to give them more than initially expected. If Thompson can return and work his way back to where he was in the 2019 NBA Finals, the Warriors will be a legitimate title threat.

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