The Golden State Warriors headed into this NBA offseason knowing that some drastic changes might be made if longtime general manager Bob Myers decided to leave the team.
Once Myers let it be known that he was stepping down from his post, it was uncertain what direction the team would go under new GM Mike Dunleavy Jr., but it didn’t take long to get a sense of the way things were headed in the Bay Area.
After claiming that guard Jordan Poole had a long future ahead with the Warriors, Dunleavy traded him to the Washington Wizards in an apparent contract dump shortly after signing veteran forward Draymond Green to a long-term deal.
In return for Poole, the Warriors received future Hall of Famer Chris Paul, who was thought to be a strange fit in San Francisco due to his checkered history with the team’s stars and the fact he plays a different style of basketball.
Along with Paul seeming like an odd choice to join the Warriors, there’s been a lot of speculation on how head coach Steve Kerr will use him, but there appears to be an answer, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN via NBA Central.
Chris Paul is expected to start on the Warriors, per @MarcJSpears
"I do expect him to start. I think they’re gonna try it. This isn’t a opinion, this is just what I'm hearing.”
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) September 8, 2023
The move to bring in Paul and have him start right out of the gate is interesting, to say the least, as it could derail the season very quickly if things don’t work out.
However, Paul is at a stage in his career in which he only wants to contend for a championship and might be more than willing to sacrifice for the team in any way that he can, so there’s a chance he might be less vocal and more supportive in the Bay Area.NEXT: Colin Cowherd Details How Stephen Curry Changed The NBA