The NBA’s trade deadline falls on Thursday. The Warriors aren’t expected to be major players (although, Eric Gordon rumors have been floated out there), but might they be interested in a couple smaller deals for financial purposes?
As it stands, the Warriors’ team salary for this season is at approximately $71.2 million, putting them just over the luxury tax threshold of $70.307 million. CBS’s Ken Berger reports that the Warriors could ship out a few benchwarmers to get under that figure:
[R]ival execs would be surprised if the Warriors remained above the tax line, which they exceed by less than $1 million. Golden State has three minimum-salary players — Jeremy Tyler, Charles Jenkins and Kent Bazemore — and moving two of them would forestall the repeater-tax clock.
Departing with any of those three players would not impact the Warriors on the court, as all three are not consistent members of the team’s rotation, though bench morale might take a big hit.
Of course, Warriors owner Joe Lacob on Tuesday said he would like to get under the tax threshold but it wasn’t an “imperative”:
“Our goal is to follow a long term plan for success. Collecting and developing basketball assets is key. Building a team that can get better each year and compete for an eventual championship is what we are all focused on 100%.
“This team is performing well and as [GM] Bob [Myers] has stated, we need to see this team perform as a group over an extended period. [...]
[W]e want to be great and being great means taking risks at the appropriate time. We will not hesitate to pull the trigger if it means getting better. Bottom line: this is not about money or tax limits or whatever; this is about the ONLY thing that matters to our fans, our players and to our ownership group….WINNING.”