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Warriors 2021 Golden State 39; NBA Trade Deadline Is Defined By Moves .

Warriors 2021 Golden State 39; NBA Trade Deadline Is Defined By Moves .

Warriors 2021 Golden State 39; NBA Trade Deadline Is Defined By Moves .

Warriors Warriors Trade Deadline … Golden ' Moves By Is State Defined NBA

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 06:00:00 -0700

It was a surprisingly busy trade deadline day around the league, but the Warriors mostly kept their powder dry

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The Warriors kept hold of Kelly Oubre at the trade deadline.

Can they re-sign him in the summer?

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The NBA’s trade deadline has been and gone.

It was a surprisingly busy day with 16 trades, a record for a trade deadline day according to the New York Times NYT , but one major deal that expected involving Kyle Lowry didn’t happen.

The Golden State Warriors’ activity followed a similar pattern.

They did move off Brad Wanamaker and Marquese Chriss, trading them to the Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs respectively.

There was no return to speak of, save for freeing up two roster spots for the buyout market, where the Warriors will still have their Disabled Player Exception if they can find a veteran impact player, and shaving some money off their large luxury tax bill this season.

In the end though it was the moves the Warriors didn’t make that really defined their day. 

Per ESPN’s Bobby Marks the Warriors stand to save $11M, though obviously any additions in those roster spots will reduce that saving.

Indeed, using the DPE in full could add back on over $50M in salary and luxury tax.

That said, their luxury tax bill will be reduced this season due to the league agreeing to reduce tax bills commensurate with league-wide revenue losses.

Still it’s unlikely given where the Warriors are on the court that they will do something big with those roster spots.

Perhaps they can find a veteran who can help them at the margins to make the playoffs, and is worth kicking the tires on over the last few months of the season with a view to bringing them back next season.

But the moves also give them a little more flexibility to give Juan Toscano-Anderson and Nico Mannion more run, and potentially convert one or both of their two-way contracts to multi-season deals.

As for the moves themselves, Wanamaker had fallen out of the rotation after a disappointing run with the Warriors.

Mannion had already replaced him running the second unit, and with the Warriors commitment to building up their younger players the writing was on the wall there.

The Chriss move may sting a bit, given that he was one of the few bright spots out of the Warriors lost season last year.

But Chriss is likely out for most of the season with an injury, so it didn’t make a ton of sense for the Warriors to keep hold of him and pay the extra luxury tax costs associated with his salary.

The biggest moves of the day came out of Orlando, where the Magic finally took the decision to break up their team.

The Warriors had been rumored to be interested in Bay Area native Aaron Gordon, who could have provided solid playmaking and a real boost to their athleticism in the frontcourt.

However, instead he was traded to Denver for a package involving Gary Harris, RJ Hampton, and a first-round pick. 

Could the Warriors have matched that price? A deal centered around Kelly Oubre and their own 2021 pick could possibly have been intriguing, but with Oubre on an expiring contract the Magic would have had no guarantees of him re-signing in the offseason, potentially lowering the value of the offer.

And if the Warriors couldn’t get into a serious conversation without talking about their Minnesota top-three protected draft pick, then they made the right call. 

Still it’s a reminder that the Warriors are more than one move away from relevance.

The Nuggets got a major talent upgrade and now have to be seen as a potential future contender in a wide-open league.

The Warriors knew they needed more and couldn’t give up their prime assets for Gordon.

For the Warriors, the biggest non-move was holding on to Oubre.

They reportedly had several offers, and were certainly taking calls, but in the end nothing materialised worth moving him.

In the abstract that was certainly the right move when you look at the names that popped up like Bogdan Bogdanovic or Danny Green.

Oubre is a much better defender than both, and with his length and athleticism could play a big role for the Warriors going forwards.

The challenge though, is whether the Warriors can keep him around in the offseason.

Even if Oubre re-signs at a contract that is roughly around his current level, the Warriors total salary and luxury tax bill will hit $450M barring any other moves.

That is an astronomical level for a team whose CEO recently admitted that they are facing losses of more than $200M this season from having no fans in Chase Center. 

Then there’s the question of whether Oubre will want to remain with the Warriors, or whether he will have better offers.

When asked yesterday Oubre said that he understood the trade deadline speculation “comes with the territory”, before adding “I’m in a great situation right now all in all and I’m just happy to be here”.

As for staying with the Warriors long-term Oubre was positive, saying he “would love that”.

However when pressed by reporters about what that might mean in reality, he said “I can offer a lot more than coming off the bench”.

That doesn’t mean the Warriors can’t keep hold of him – after all a sixth-man role on the Warriors, who are hoping to return to relevance next season, is not really a traditional sixth-man role as Andre Iguodala can attest.

But it was certainly a notable answer.

Ultimately if someone else offers Oubre $20M+ per year in a starting role, the Warriors could end up losing him for nothing.

After all, if there’s one thing that trade deadline day brings into sharp focus, it’s that the NBA is a business.

And Oubre has every right to make a decision when the time comes to maximize his career potential and earnings.

Either way, the Warriors passed through the first checkpoint on their journey relatively quietly to hopefully rebuilding a future contender.

The latter part of this season will involve a push to make the playoffs, balanced against developing their younger players.

The summer, however, will not be so quiet.

They will know whether that Minnesota pick conveys and where they are picking in the 2021 draft.

As it stands they could be in line for two lottery picks if they can’t navigate the NBA’s new play-in tournament.

They will have seen a full season of James Wiseman’s development and have a more informed picture of his future role, and how quickly he can grow, as well as his overall value in the league.

They will face the biggest decision of all – whether to trade their assets, including that Minnesota pick and Wiseman, for any star who becomes available. 

And above it all looms that $450M question.

How much are they really willing to pay to put a contender on the floor? After a trade deadline that offered few substantial clues to the Warriors’ longer-term future, fans are going to have to wait a little longer to find out the answer to that all-important question.

I focus on the strategy, salary cap and business side of the Golden State Warriors.

Before joining Forbes in the summer of 2018 I wrote about the Warriors and the salary

I focus on the strategy, salary cap and business side of the Golden State Warriors.

Before joining Forbes in the summer of 2018 I wrote about the Warriors and the salary cap for the SB Nation blog Golden State of Mind.

I have followed the NBA for over 25 years from the United Kingdom.

As a long time Warriors observer, I developed a keen interest in team building, organisational culture, and salary cap management.

In my professional career I have worked in a variety of roles developing public policy, researching innovation and organisational transformation, and reforming complex systems.

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Fri, 26 Mar 2021 06:00:00 -0700

The Warriors cleared two roster spots prior to the NBA Trade Deadline, and the now-bought-out LaMarcus Aldridge should be a target for them

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Dec 23, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the game at FedExForum.

Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

If the Golden State Warriors want to compete, they’ll have the opportunity to do just that.

The buyout market is one that should be heating up over the next several days with a few big names already parting ways with their former teams.

One of those big names is former All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge played for the San Antonio Spurs, and while he may go to a true title contender, there’s no denying the Warriors are still an attractive destination for veterans.

LaMarcus Aldridge has seven All-Star appearances on his career.

Couple that with five nominations to an All-NBA team, and it’s easy to understand why he’ll be among the most sought-after players on the buyout market.

Aldridge is averaging 13.7 points per game this season, down from just under 19 per game a season ago.

His field goal percentage has also taken a hit as it has dropped from around 49 percent to 46 percent.

One thing to note about Aldridge’s game is that he’s averaging a career-high 1.3 triples per game.

That’s the type of numbers the Warriors desperately need in their frontcourt.

The Warriors went almost the entire month of February without getting many minutes from their big men.

Aldridge has just 21 games under his belt this season, but he should be able to add some depth to the Warriors’ frontcourt.

Golden State’s biggest need is frontcourt depth, and with the roster spots available for the taking, they need to be reaching out to these players that are hitting the buyout market.

Aldridge is a prime example of a veteran that could drastically improve this roster.

While an All-Star with Portland, Aldridge averaged over 23 points per game.

Even at 6-foot-11, Aldridge still doesn’t provide great rim protection which could be a concern since he’s a traditional power forward yet been forced to play primarily center for the past four seasons.

The Warriors are clearly planning to give James Wiseman big-time minutes as they move him back into the starting lineup.

If that’s the case, it may be difficult for Bob Myers to want Aldridge in the Bay Area, but if this team wants to compete, they’ll bring in Aldridge.

Golden State freed the space, and now a 35-year-old that is just two seasons removed from back-to-back All-Star appearances is on the market.

They need to make a run if they want to give Curry a chance to getting to the playoffs.

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