Can the Golden State Warriors salvage their crumbling dynasty?

Golden State Warriors v Dallas Mavericks
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With their Play-in Tournament loss to the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors' historic run may now be finally over. Under Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors have been nothing short of a dynasty.

They have 500+ wins, four NBA championships, and the NBA record for most regular season wins, with 73 in 2016. Their last title was just two years ago, but a lot has changed since then, and the Warriors dynasty as we know it is no longer.

Did we witness the fall of the Warriors Dynasty?

The daunting challenge of a lack of cap space marshals the Warriors' future. General Manager Mike Dunleavy finds himself in a bind with limited options.

Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, surpassing the salary cap comes at a steep price. The Warriors' total cap is a staggering $224 million, the highest in the league, and a whopping $88 million above the maximum, pushing them into the second apron of luxury tax.

Being in the second apron of luxury tax brings with it a slew of harsh consequences, the most severe being the removal of the mid-level exception and the inability to trade their first-round picks for the next seven years. These restrictions severely hamper the Warriors' ability to bolster their roster through free agency and trades.

The Warriors can only afford to sign veteran-minimum players this off-season and have only a few assets with trade value. They have big decisions to make with Klay Thompson's contract set to expire this off-season. It's hard to see a world where this core can win 50+ games and make multiple final appearances like it did in years prior.

However, they do have Stephen Curry. While the dynasty days may be behind them, you can never count him out. As long as he is breathing, they can win a title. However, the Warriors may look very different next season and the Big 3 era may be done in Golden State.