“Can’t the Ws afford to keep J-Rich? Extremely talented, heart and soul of team. And his value can’t be anywhere as high as last year? Why not pay off Foyle and keep below lux tax.” — sincewilt
It’s not a matter of affording to keep J-Rich. He’s already under contract. The question is, how can they get that one piece they need to become even better. They don’t have cap money to sign a free agent, unless the player they desire fits under their mid-level exception (just above $5 million this year) so it has to come via a trade. Richardson just happens to be the one guy who other teams might want that the Warriors can afford or are willing to give up.
If the Warriors decide to just go with this roster as is, they can keep J.R. They might lose Pietrus, but they’ll be good for next year at least. But can this team really get it done? Sure, they’ll make the playoffs, but how far will they go if they can’t rebound?
Buying out Foyle won’t be the immediate help they need because what ever they pay him will count towards the cap. Plus, Foyle has to agree to a buyout. Why would he give the Warriors money with little options to sigb elsewhere? Even Webber, who had plenty options, only took like $2 million less than what he was owed. Players just don’t walk away from millions unless there’s more around the corner.