So the Warriors did get some cash from Toronto, which did provide a financial incentive. Not much to dance in the streets about, but cash nonetheless. Every little bit helps these days, no doubt.
Also, Devean George is here to stay. The Warriors want George. They didn’t get him to buy him out. They feel like he might be able to contribute something because of his size and experience (went to three Finals with the Lakers). GM Larry Riley has wanted to add some veteran experience anyway. George, at his best, can stick the 3 and match-up against the difficult threes of the league like Ron Artest and LeBron James.
Of course, they are hoping to get the George from the Lakers. The George that was in Dallas was often hurt and hardly heard from. But if George has nothing left, not much is lost because he is cheap.
It can’t go understated, I don’t think, that the Warriors just traded out of a tough decision, perhaps a lose-lose. If they would have extended Belinelli on the 31st, that would’ve been a sizeable commitment for a guy who wasn’t going to play much. If they didn’t, they could’ve had a distraction on their hands all season. This would’ve been the story going into the season, that the Warriors have given up on Marco. Now, come Oct. 31, no one will be thinking on Belinelli.
The Warriors now have $9 million in expiring contracts (I mistakenly had close to $10M before, but that was because I had Acie Law down for $2.9 – what he’s set to make if the Warriors pick up the option – and not $2.2, which he will make this season). If they decide not to pick-up Brandan Wright’s fourth-year option, that number jumps to $11.7M in expiring contracts.