The Golden State Warriors received medical results that confirmed their worst fears.
After Stephen Curry had surgery to treat his broken left hand on Friday, the Warriors ruled him out for at least the next three months. The Warriors plan to re-evaluate Curry around early February. By that point, Curry will have missed 45 games, but he might stay sidelined even longer.
At that point, the Warriors will have a bigger sample size on if their season has roughly matched their 1-3 start. Curry injured his hand in Wednesday’s loss to Phoenix after falling hard. Suns center Aron Baynes then accidentally landed on Curry’s hand.
In only five months, the Warriors’ championship roster has disintegrated. Kevin Durant bolted for Brooklyn as a free agent. Klay Thompson has stayed sidelined since injuring his left knee in a decisive Game 6 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. After acquiring D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with Brooklyn, the hard-capped Warriors dealt veteran Andre Iguodala to Memphis. Shaun Livingston also retired.
That leaves the Warriors with Draymond Green as the lone signature player of their previous NBA championship teams. The Warriors might shift aggressively toward rebuild mode both to preserve Green and maximize their chances at landing a top draft pick. They traded a pick to Brooklyn as part of the Russell deal, but the pick is protected one through 20.