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NBA insider: Warriors won’t make playoffs next season

The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a franchise-altering offseason, and one NBA insider has predicted it will serve as the impetus to the team failing to qualify for the playoffs next season.

The Warriors of course lost Kevin Durant in free agency, traded away Andre Iguodala and don’t seem likely to bring back DeMarcus Cousins. While Golden State did manage to retain Klay Thompson and Kevin Looney, as well as bring in D’Angelo Russell, ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks nevertheless believes the Warriors will not be able to overcome the myriad changes well enough to reach the postseason.

“I’m gonna make a bold prediction here, this group [the Warriors] will not make the playoffs next year,” Marks, the onetime Nets general manager, said Tuesday morning on ESPN’s “Get Up,” per NBC Sports Bay Area.

“I’m worried about their depth,” Marks continued. “The can only add minimum players. Unless you add players like Avery Bradley who’s bought out or Kyle Korver, who could potentially be bought out, you are going to be restricted with your bench here. You’re going to be awfully thin here.” 

Russell’s fit in a lineup led by fellow point guard Stephen Curry has been a matter of debate since his acquisition, and there has been word that the Warriors may have acquired him to serve as a potential trade piece down the road.

All that said, the Warriors still boast a roster featuring Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green, with the accomplished Steve Kerr running the show. The case can be made the Warriors still retain the pedigree of a playoff-caliber team. Still, even Kerr himself acknowledged that Warriors fans should temper their expectations ahead of next season.

If the Warriors do indeed fail to secure a playoff berth next season, it arguably would mark one of the most stunningly quick and alarming falls from grace in NBA history.