Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant. After all the Twitter smoke clears and the faces are Crying Jordan'd and the Russell Westbrook loneliness memes have run their course, that's the reality. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant. On the same team. For years to come.
So what's your move, League?
Let's forget for a moment the responsibility NBA commissioner Adam Silver has over ensuring even the loosest possible semblance of parity and competitive balance (word to David Stern vetoing Chris Paul's Lakers career) and let's consider what opposing players and GMs now face. In order to beat a team that won more games in NBA history than any other and now just added the second or third best player on the planet, you're going to need more than a single superstar or even a duo of superstars.
You're going to need at least three top-15 NBA players. And lots of prayer.
Let's look ahead to next summer. Let's pretend the Steph Curry and Kevin Durant-led Warriors are coming off a 70-ish win regular season that culminated in an NBA championship.
The arms race now continues. Where do the 29 other teams go from here?
Trade for / sign Russell Westbrook.
Russell Westbrook does not want to play basketball games in Oklahoma. No offense to Oklahoma, but you're Oklahoma. You know that. We know that. Russ knows that. Oklahoma may have been bearable when he was playing next to Kevin Durant and going deep in the playoffs. Without KD? Oklahoma isn't where a dude who dances and dresses like Russ needs to be.
The Thunder will be smart to trade him to make sure they at least get something in return. In fact, in the absence of a contract extension, the trading of Russell Westbrook already seems to be in motion.
Use those cheap rookie contracts.
Make a play for Chris Paul.
Don't forget about Blake Griffin.
Make (smart) use of the new cap space.
See which superstars are on the market.
Become the home of the Superfriends.
What has changed since LeBron professed his love for Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade?
Nothing, except a championship which gives King James a free pass to leave Cleveland and form the superfriends whenever he so pleases. If ever there was a time for The Chosen One to get his friends Chris and Carmelo a chip before their careers are over, it's now. If you're a team with one of these players or a team with infinite cap room and/or assets to trade, you could find yourself home of the 2003 draft class (+ Chris Paul).