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Warriors GM Bob Myers is hoping his squad could make one other championship run in 2022-23.

LOS ANGELES — As he strolled down the pink carpet on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles earlier than Wednesday evening’s ESPYS, Golden State common supervisor Bob Myers lastly seemed relaxed.

Little question he’s loved his summer time. Final month the Warriors gained their fourth NBA championship in eight years, and after a champagne-soaked victory parade, Myers has been busy fine-tuning the roster by Draft choices and numerous offseason strikes.

“I like our staff and the place it’s at,” Myers informed NBA.com. “I need to give the blokes an opportunity to do it once more.”

In different phrases, don’t anticipate the Warriors to reunite with Kevin Durant. Positive, they know first-hand how priceless Durant may be — he helped them win back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018 — however after claiming one other championship with out him, the Warriors look like snug transferring ahead with what they’ve.

We stored most of it collectively, however we’ve got to remain wholesome. I didn’t assume we’d make it final 12 months, however we did. I watch such as you do. We’ll see what occurs.”

— Warriors GM Bob Myers

Finals MVP Stephen Curry hosted The ESPYS and picked up a handful of awards (Finest NBA Participant, Finest Report-Breaking efficiency, Finest Staff). His backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, gained the ESPY for Finest Comeback Athlete. Draymond Inexperienced and Andre Iguodala additionally attended the awards present to convey the Warriors’ sturdy championship material.

On their approach to the title final season, the Warriors additionally leaned on All-Star wing Andrew Wiggins, and on combo-guard Jordan Poole. Not solely do the Warriors hope to signal Wiggins and Poole to long-term extensions, they consider third-year middle James Wiseman, second-year ahead Jonathan Kuminga and second-year guard Moses Moody are prepared for greater roles in 2022-23.

Check out why Golden State emerged as NBA champions but once more.

It doesn’t seem the Warriors need to sacrifice any of their youth or depth in pursuit of one other marquee participant.

“It’s a superb group. We’re fortunate. It’ll be enjoyable to see,” Myers stated. “We have been actually searching final 12 months. Now I assume we’re again to being the hunted, which I didn’t assume we’d be. We’ll see. I feel we will deal with it.”

Nonetheless, some challenges may await. The Warriors would welcome Iguodala again, however the 18-year NBA veteran has remained undecided about his future. The Warriors additionally misplaced a key perimeter defender to Portland (Gary Payton II), a key versatile ahead to Toronto (Otto Porter Jr.) and an accommodating function participant to Phoenix (Damion Lee).

Most of these departures needed to do with the Warriors hoping to trim their luxurious tax invoice. However it additionally needed to do with their perception that they might compensate with their star gamers and younger expertise. The Warriors signed a reliable capturing guard (Donte DiVincenzo) and are reportedly set so as to add ahead JaMychal Inexperienced, too, after he was just lately waived by Oklahoma Metropolis.  The Warriors hope these strikes assist offset the departures of Payton and Porter at a smaller price ticket.

“We stored most of it collectively, however we’ve got to remain wholesome,” Myers stated. “I didn’t assume we’d make it final 12 months, however we did. I watch such as you do. We’ll see what occurs.”

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Mark Medina is a senior author/analyst for NBA.com. You’ll be able to e-mail him right here, discover his archive right here and comply with him on Twitter.

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