Kurtenbach: The Warriors hold a valuable card heading into the NBA trade deadline

Kurtenbach: The Warriors hold a valuable card heading into the NBA trade deadline

As the NBA trade deadline approaches, there’s a big question that you need to answer.

Yes, you.

Should the Warriors fear the Denver Nuggets or Memphis Grizzlies in a seven-game playoff series?

I know; we just answered that question last season.

So what about the Los Angeles Clippers or Sacramento Kings?

Those are the only four Western Conference teams ranked ahead of the Warriors in the latest ESPN power rankings or Wednesday morning’s NBA standings.

And since I know how the Warriors will answer that question (no, no, no and absolutely not) I ask you.

Though I can’t see why you would disagree with the Dubs.

The Warriors have been underwhelming and inconsistent all season — my goodness, have they been frustrating to watch — but in a Western Conference that lacks a great team, the Dubs are heading toward the trade deadline in a solid position.

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It might not seem like it, but it’s true: This Warriors team has everything it needs to compete for another title. No guarantees, but their eight-man rotation is more than good enough. Heaven knows they don’t lack experience.

These next few days are merely an opportunity to augment their chances, to bolster their lineup.

If the Warriors want to stand pat at the trade deadline, that’s an acceptable play.

If they want to add a rental player on an expiring contract to help their title chances this year, that’s a good play, too.

The Warriors might be a team surrounded by questions — what, with their two timelines and all — but they enter the fray without any sense of desperation.

That’s a valuable card to hold in trade negotiations.

The Warriors don’t have to do anything before Feb. 9 at noon PT. That separates them from their Western Conference peers.

The Nuggets, Clippers, and Grizzlies better do something before the deadline — lest each waste a golden opportunity to win the franchise’s first title.

The Kings should probably do something. Not because they’re going to win a title, but because they can’t lose their playoff standing now. It’d be too heartbreaking to the long-suffering fans of the Capital City.

Then there’s a bunch of teams below Golden State in the standings. Being worse than a Warriors team that’s barely tried this season? You clearly need more.

Meanwhile, the Warriors — a team that seems consistently torn between the past and future — have found themselves firmly in the moment ahead of the deadline.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) yells while walking on the floor near the end of their 120-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets late in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
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