Warriors GM: 'We need to get better'

Warriors GM: 'We need to get better'
May 23, 2014, 10:15 am
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We do need to get better, clearly, to get to that elite status.
Bob Myers

OAKLAND -- The Warriors in the Joe Lacob era have been relentless about most everything, constantly pursuing arenas and coaches and trades and free agents.

It won't be any different this offseason. The stalking of Steve Kerr resulted in securing him as head coach, and general manager Bob Myers says the front office will spend the next two months seeking roster help.

He conceded the current group, which was ousted in the first of the playoffs, is not at the desired standard.

"We're always looking to get better," he said. "And that can be done organically, with a guy like (Festus) Ezeli coming back. You're always going to explore drafts, trades, and things like that.

"We do have a good core to move forward with. But we do need to get better, clearly, to get to that elite status. We need to get better. Every day, every moment, we're trying to build a better roster.''

Myers said the team, as usual, will scan the free agent market and explore trades in an attempt to improve. The Warriors are willing to move almost anyone. Almost.

Asked if there were any untouchables, Myers made a feeble attempt to sidestep the question, saying the team "really, really" likes a lot of players on the roster.

Pressed on the issue, though, Myers finally laughed and surrendered.

"Yeah, every team has untouchables," he said, without identifying anyone.

No need for Myers to name names, as the only untouchable is point guard Stephen Curry, the face of the franchise and its first All-Star Game starter since 1995.

The next tier, which we'll describe as "near untouchables," includes shooting guard Klay Thompson, forward Draymond Green, center Andrew Bogut and forward Andre Iguodala -- probably in that order.

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The third tier, players the Warriors are willing to move, would include forwards David Lee and Harrison Barnes, guard Nemanja Nedovic and center Festus Ezeli.

The fourth and final tier, those the team would move without blinking, includes forward Marreese Speights and center Ognjen Kuzmic.

Not included are four free agents: guards Steve Blake (unrestricted) and Jordan Crawford (restricted), and centers Jermaine O'Neal (unrestricted) and Hilton Armstrong (unrestricted).