Which NBA teams could step up to challenge the Warriors? – Chicago Daily Herald

The Golden State Warriors aren’t necessarily bad for the NBA, but the league could use some challengers to step forward. Is a rival superteam possible? Here are some ideas:

Cleveland: Sure, they’re sort of a superteam, but they don’t seem ready to knock off the Warriors.

There has been talk of the Cavs adding Paul George or Carmelo Anthony, but how would that even happen? Cleveland won’t have cap space for years, so it would need to be a trade, and what team would take on high-salaried role players such as J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson or Iman Shumpert in return?

In theory, the Cavs could trade Kevin Love for George, but even that’s a questionable move with George approaching free-agency next year.

Boston: The Celtics might be in the best spot since they already have a good team and will likely add No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz in the draft. They also have enough cap space to make a run at someone like Gordon Hayward.

Hayward is in a good spot in Utah, but he could reunite with his college coach, Brad Stevens, and also get away from the Warriors by jumping to the Eastern Conference.

San Antonio: There has been speculation the Spurs could chase Chris Paul to step in for an aging Tony Parker. That’s interesting, but San Antonio would need to trim salary.

Moving Danny Green ($10 million) would help, but that only creates about $15 million in cap space. Paul Gasol’s player option for $16.2 million looms large here.

Miami: Depending on how much of Chris Bosh’s salary gets wiped off the books if he officially retires, the Heat could have good cap space to find help for Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. One wild card is how much it will cost Miami

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