After failing to defend their NBA title, the Golden State Warriors decided it was time to shake up their roster in a big way.
Jordan Poole had a miserable playoff run and he was cast off to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Chris Paul.
The Warriors were facing massive luxury tax penalties after they signed Poole to a lucrative extension the prior offseason, so by dealing him for Paul they were able to shave off some future money.
However, acquiring Paul makes for an awkward roster fit as the point guard will have to deal with Stephen Curry as the starter.
As soon as the veteran was acquired, the question became whether would he be willing to come off the bench for Golden State.
Steve Kerr has been pondering the dilemma himself and while he wouldn’t commit to a starting lineup, he did emphasize that players would need to buy in no matter what he decides, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
“If this is going to work, everyone is going to have to embrace it regardless of who starts,” Kerr said.
Steve Kerr still hasn’t decided whether Chris Paul will start. He said the Warriors will look at various lineup combinations during camp.
“If this is going to work, everyone is going to have to embrace it regardless of who starts.”
Full detailed Kerr response. pic.twitter.com/UtdyQKEms8
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 25, 2023
At this point in his career, it might make more sense for Paul to come off the bench as he’s shown visible signs of decline on both ends of the floor.
While he remains one of the best pick-and-roll players in the league, that isn’t quite as useful on the Warriors who prefer to move the ball and rely on off-ball actions to spring players like Klay Thompson and Curry open.
With training camp set to begin soon, Golden State fans will have a good idea of what Kerr’s plan is.NEXT: Warriors GM Reveals Plans For The Final 2 Roster Spots