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Dunleavy disappointed Steph, Klay and Draymond won’t play in the playoffs

Dunleavy disappointed that Steph, Klay and Draymond won’t play in playoffs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

This year’s NBA playoffs will be missing the Warriors’ Hall of Fame trio.

For the first time since the 2020-21 season, the NBA playoffs will miss the presence of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Golden State general manager Mike Dunleavy believes the entire basketball world is missing out as a result.

“My biggest thing was [that] I’m disappointed [Steph Curry]for [Draymond Green], both our veteran guys and our younger guys, that you can’t play in the postseason,” Dunleavy told reporters Thursday. “Like, that’s what everyone wants to see, not just here in the Bay Area, but honestly, around the world, to see those guys compete at the highest level.

“So it’s really disappointing that they can’t do that. I sympathize with them. It is what it is. It’s our own downfall, and… [we’ve] have to live with it.”

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The Warriors’ rocky 2023-2024 season came to an end Tuesday, following a 118-94 play-in loss to the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center, leaving Curry and Co. were eliminated from the playoffs after finishing the regular season 46-36.

Of all the questions surrounding Dunleavy’s plans with Golden State’s roster this offseason, Curry, even at 36 years old, isn’t even the slightest consideration.

Finally, the Warriors general manager shared with reporters how his season-ending conversation with the star guard went.

“I don’t think there was a two-way street, it was just a discussion. [a] dialogue [about] how the season went,” Dunleavy added. “What we need to do to get better. Where he stands, hear from him after 83 games and 36 years old is…

“I think he’s in a really good place, and I think he’s a player that we’re going to continue to lean on, both with his leadership and his play, and man, that guy is as resilient as they come.”

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For Dunleavy and coach Steve Kerr, the elephant in the room remains the future of Klay Thompson, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing a five-year, $190 million contract.

While Dunleavy expressed his desire to re-sign Thompson, the 34-year-old franchise legend is expected to test the free agency market.

If that is the case and the guard decides to move on, the disappointment of fans around the world – and the Warriors organization – will certainly extend well beyond this postseason.

Basketball may have seen the last part of the Warriors dynasty.

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