With NBA Free Agency set to kick off on Tuesday, July 1, the Golden State Warriors are primed to make a splash with a number of potential deals. After being teased incessantly with the Kevin Love trade saga and anguishing away during the draft with no picks to their name, the Warriors and their fans are ready to complete their roster.
While the rumor mill has been surprisingly quiet thus far, there have been a few names that have been linked to the Warriors the last couple of days. Whether these are moves the Warriors will make—or should make—remains to be seen.
The Warriors will enter the market with a little over $11 million to play with—this factors in their $9.8 million traded player exception for moving Richard Jefferson and their $5.3 million mid-level exception—without entering the luxury tax, something that general manager Bob Myers said he is weary of during this season in a interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:
I would say the threat of being a tax team looms larger because we’re not really re-signing any of our own players this off-season. We might, but the signings wouldn’t take us into the tax…
I don’t think we’ll go over that $11M-$12M threshold. I don’t think we will.
The Warriors have holes to fill on their roster, specifically at the backup guard and center positions, and a very finite amount of cash in which to do so. This will factor heavily in determining whether many of the rumored players being linked to the Warriors actually end up there.
Whether it be through the free agent market or through a trade, here are some of the players that have been linked in one way or another to the Warriors this offseason, ranked from the least likely to join the squad to the most likely.