The Golden State Warriors are trending in the right direction with a solid starting five, but the team needs to find top free-agent options to improve the front line. The expected departure of Carl Landry and the unforeseen injury to center Festus Ezeli have made the front line a big priority.
The Warriors are pinched up against the salary cap as the new tax structure has been put in place with the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Teams are going to be hit hard with penalties if they go over the tax threshold, and now there is an even stiffer penalty for repeat offenders.
Bay Area News Group’s Marcus Thompson tweeted out where the Warriors currently stand as of now. The Warriors current salary is $69.8 million and the projected luxury tax will be $71.6 million.
If the Warriors want to improve on last season’s surprising performance, they will have to spend over the cap, even if they can get a big man on the cheap. There are obvious holes to fill, and there is no certainty that center Andrew Bogut can make it through a whole season unscathed.
Do the Warriors put all of their eggs in one basket and reach for Dwight Howard or do they grow with the current crop and add an experienced veteran for a lower price?