Warriors Have No Plans To Add Center

Warriors forward/center Draymond Green is out indefinitely due to calf and back issues and second-year big man James Wiseman still doesn’t have a set timetable either as he makes his way back from a pair of knee surgeries. However, sources tell Anthony Slater of The Athletic that Golden State has no plans to add another center to its roster via trade or free agency.

The Warriors have a full 15-man roster, so they’d have to waive one of their current players in order to sign another big man. As Slater explains, the team values continuity, isn’t interested in sacrificing depth on the wing, and isn’t especially eager to further increase its record-setting tax bill. Golden State also views its lack of center depth as a short-term issue, with Green and Wiseman expected to return at some point.

Kevon Looney‘s durability this season has helped ease any concerns the Warriors have about the center spot, Slater observes. The seventh-year pro has battled injuries in recent seasons, but is one of just two Warriors players (along with Nemanja Bjelica) to appear in all 47 of the club’s games so far. Looney’s name hasn’t even shown up on the injury report at all.

“I actually feel better than I ever did,” Looney said. “In years past, I don’t know if could’ve played a back-to-back, played 20-plus minutes. But now I feel great, feel confident, my body’s been responding pretty well.”

As Slater writes, Paul Millsap drew interest from the Warriors in the offseason and is very much available again, so if the club wanted to pick up another frontcourt player, he’d be an option. But at this point, there’s no sign that any move is in the cards.

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