Warriors star reveals when Golden State's Last Dance will be amid playoff push

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It's no secret that the Big 3 era in Golden State is winding down, and Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green may only be together for a few more seasons at the most. However, Green revealed when that era might end on his Draymond Green Show podcast with guest Paul Pierce.

When asked how long he intends to play, he stated that he only plans to play another two or three seasons. That could coincide with the end of his new four-year contract that he signed last summer.

It provides a much clearer picture of when the Big 3 might break up. However, it could actually happen even sooner if the Warriors and Thompson can't agree to a new contract. Thompson can become a free agent for the first time in his career and while he may still re-sign with Golden State, several teams could look to steal him away.

Fortunately for Golden State, they have done a solid job of preparing for that possibility. Brandin Podzemski is already starting in place of Thompson and is just a rookie. They also have a Green replacement in Jonathan Kuminga, as well as most of their draft picks going forward. 

How successful can the Golden State Warriors be post-Big 3?

Both players should definitely help them pivot away from the Big 3 but they don't have a Curry replacement and they are unlikely to find exactly that. Instead, if they can slowly replace aging players around him with younger counterparts, as they have been recently,

then they can continue to build around him. When Curry does invitably retire, they would obviously take a hit but after years of playoff success putting them back on the map, they could be a free agent or trade destination.

There is also the Steve Kerr component. He recently re-signed for two more years beyond this one, which coincides with Green's timeline. Curry is also 35 and under contract for another two more years. It isn't out of the realm of possibility that Golden State and Thompson agree to a two-year contract to bring those three players and Kerr's future in sync.

Ultimately, it seems that the Big 3 era in Golden State has three years remaining at the most but could technically end this summer. That is, unless they can agree to a short-term deal with Thompson.