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Warriors Gain Much-Needed Flexibility with Three-Way Trade

The Warriors have reportedly pulled off a maneuver to free up some desperately needed flexibility to fill out the roster.

Instead of signing free agent Andre Iguodala, the Warriors will now acquire him via sign-and-trade with Denver, as Yahoo! Sports first reported. Denver, who lost to the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, was first unwilling to work a deal to help Golden State. But with their eyes on Utah guard Randy Foye, the Nuggets are consenting to a three-team deal with the Warriors and Jazz.

Golden State’s original deal remains in tact: Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush — along with 2014 and 2017 first-round picks, and two second round picks. With the Warriors only getting the non-guaranteed contract of Kevin Murphy in return, they’d also get Trade Player Exception(s) worth more than $23 million.

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The trade with the Jazz drops the Warriors salary cap number down to about $48 million including the non-guaranteed contracts of Murphy, Kent Bazemore, Scott Machado and Dwayne Jones. But with the cap holds of guard Jarrett Jack ($8.1 million), Carl Landry ($4.8 million) and draft pick Nemamja Nedovic, the Warriors are still considered over the cap.

Previously, the plan was to renounce Jack and Landry — and possibly cut the non-guaranteed contracts of Murphy, Machado and Jones — to get the Warriors under the cap enough to sign Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million. But doing that would leave the Warriors with ZERO cap space. What’s more, they would have had to give up their mid-level exception, rookie exception and the trade exceptions they received from Utah. Golden State would only have minimum contracts and a $2.6 million “room exception” to fill out its roster.

To prevent that, the Warriors instead will sign-and-trade for Iguodala. This prevents renouncing Jack and Landry and their exceptions. (Though both have already agreed to sign elsewhere. Though not official, don’t expect either to come back to GSW) The Nuggets will also get Foye from Utah in a sign-and-trade (for three years, $9 million, per the Deseret News). The Warriors will send another second-round pick (2018) to Utah.

In the end, Golden State will have the mid-level exception, which allows them to sign a player for more than $5 million in the first year, and the rookie exception, which allows them to sign Nedovic despite being over the cap. The Warriors also get to keep their Traded Player Exception(s), which allows them to absorb up to $23 million in contracts of players from another team. (NOTE: There is a chance they use a chunk of that TPE money on Iguodala.)

Using the sign-and-trade, however, means Golden State will have a hard cap. New CBA rules state that teams receiving a player in a sign-and-trade cannot for any reason go more than more than $4 million above the luxury tax line – which is expected to be $75.6 million.

The Warriors are at about $59 million, including non-guaranteed contracts and Iguodala’s first year is just shy of $12 million. That would leave Golden State about $16 million of room to add players, including the MLE to sign a free-agent. Even more if they cut the non-guaranteed contracts of Scott Machado, Dwayne Jones and Kevin Murphy.

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Marcus Thompson

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Would have been nice to accomplish this before JJ Hickson signed with the Nuggets.

    I wonder what to be amnestied players might be attracted to the east bay. . .

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Does Murphy have anything left in the tank?

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Well, one of my favorite players is still out there; Andrei Kirilenko, who is more natural playing the 3 but has the length & all around game to play the 4.

    (B)SPN projects he would command $7.5 mil for his services. . .however, he would fit very nicely coming off the bench & his defensive game would fuel the W’s fast break. Not so much on the block but he has just about everything else; save for his propensity to injury. . .

  • Rob

    Does this mean the deals that Jack and Landry signed are invalid?

  • noah

    I just don’t see how Kirilenko fits. He’s a lot like Barnes (defensive oriented 3, stretch 4), who is already relegated to the bench with AI2 coming in.

    They really need to sign a legit big who can backup at the 4 and the 5. Hickson would have been a good fit, but I don’t see why he would have taken a reserve role with the Ws over a starting role in Denver.

    Rumor is that they want Chris Kaman, who is a good fit in that he’s similar to Bogut (similar play style and strengths) and a bad fit in that he’s similar to Bogut (can’t stay on the court).

    Jason Maxiell makes sense. So would Chris Anderson, if they can deal with him. Spreights, Dalembert, Mullens are probably all on the radar. Barnes will definitely have to play some 4 this year, especially before Ezeli comes back.

  • Gunner

    Is Varejao still injured? Can we sign and trade Jack to the Cavs for him?

  • http://Yahoo spahnsain

    My head hurts.

  • petaluman

    We lost Landry (4), Biedrins (5), and Jefferson (3/4). Ezeli (5) will miss the first couple months. We could use at least 2 replacement bigs.

    Rumor has it that we’re looking at Kaman & O’Neal. Dalembert is another vet 5 that might be suitable.

    A 4/5 would be nice, to pick up some of Landry’s minutes and give us added depth at 5 while Ezeli is out. I’d add Wilcox to the guys Noah listed above in this category.

  • petaluman

    In addition, a 4/5 would be nice…

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Jason Maxiel can’t play the five & is a monster on the offensive glass but a defensive liability & not so much on the defensive boards.

    Anderson will stay on South Beach. Spreights might be beneficial @ the 4 but not really a five. Dalembert can “d” up but is limited elsewhere.

    Chris Kaman? Dunno there. . .I like Kirilenko because of his versatility. Compare him to some of the past W fours; players like Anthony Randolph. . .Ekpe Udou supposedly is available. In a support, role playing capacity he might be beneficial to the W’s roster.

    Who said Hickson is starting for Denver? besides, he was effective as an undersized five for the Jailblazers. . .I would think his preference would be to go back to the 4 slot. . .

    And going forward Kirilenko probably is better suited to becoming a reserve. besides, the options are dwindling & what if the W’s find a trade partner for D.Lee’s services? Then all bets are off. . .

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Maxiel’s only 6′ 7″. . .how does that translate to a five?

  • WarriorRaiderA’s

    Kaman would top my list for MLE targets too, cheaper options like Tyrus Thomas and possibly a veteran floor leader like Chauncy Billups (rumored to be out of the Clips plans) to fill out the roster. Anyway I sure hope we find a way to use those Trade exceptions, cause we traded away 5 future draft picks!

  • WarriorRaiderA’s

    Ekpe Udoh???

  • noah

    Well, Kaman signed with the Lakers. I just don’t see the Ws signing somebody like Kirilenko, who duplicates Barnes.

    I say Hickson is starting for the Nuggets. He’s competing with Darrell Arthur, JaVale McKee, Timofy Mozgef and Anthony Randolph for two spots. Assuming the ownership still insists that McKee is starting, he’s the best option for the 4. I’d probably give most of the minutes to Hickson and Arthur, except against the few teams with big centers.

    Udoh would be a good fit.

    Obviously, if they trade Lee, they need to have a much bigger plan in place. I think the Lee trade attempts were either related to getting Howard or blowing up the roster. Howard is out and now that they signed Iguodala, I don’t think they’re blowing things up.

  • Andy

    Doesn’t that mean that we still can give offers to laundry and jack now?? These “deals” being made all over the nba aren’t set in stone yet because its not july 10th. The only reason jack and landry agreed to go elsewhere was because the warriors were reportedly going to renounce their rights, no?

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Allegedly the Nuggets are going to let Mozgref go; unfortunately he’s restricted, as are the W’s efforts in obtaining him. . . you’re forgetting Kenneth Faried (even though (B)SPN erroneously lists him as a small forward).

    If available Udoh is restricted as well, but if the Bucks don’t make an effort in retaining his services. . .

    Kamen’s a Laker? I thought they were slow last year; with Pau Gasol on the front line? Odom coming back? How does this benefit Mike D’Antoni’s vision of the Lake show going forward? I know; wait until next off season. . .

  • Harold

    @14 – The Nuggets have Danilo Gallinari at 4/5 forward. No way Hickson starts in Denver.

  • Champ

    no they wouldn’t keep Jack or Landry anyway the new contracts they agreed to are alot more money than Golden State was paying them. i can’t see the Warriors wanting to match the new contracts they got. the addition of Iguodala would take away playing time from Jack.

  • http://EltonBrand,KenyonMartin,JasonCollins finalsorbust

    What this team needs is a couple big bodies that can play the physical 4 and a backup at center.

    Barnes will start at 4 and David Lee becomes the 6th man because he is instant offense and won’t have to match up with the other teams #1 PF, which will cover his defensive liabilities. Curry, AI, Barnes and Thompson means a starting 4 that can run and slash with any team in the league, including the heat. We need bangers so we don’t keep getting beaten up by the likes of memphis. Kenyon Martin and Elton brand are both too old for 30 minutes/night but each could give us serious toughness.

    Jason Collins is a great defensive 5 for about 10-15 minutes a night and smart enough to play with what we have.

    Finally, not sure why Jeremy Tyler was a bust but with his tools maybe we can bring him back for another season to see if he can become that monster 4/5 swing man.

  • noah

    I did forget about Faried, so maybe Hickson is the third big, though he SHOULD be starting (or at least playing) over McKee.

  • noah

    Apparently the Ws are close to a deal with Spreights, who would be a strong option at the 4 off the bench and acceptable option at the 5 off the bench.

  • noah

    And they are in on Jermaine O’neal, who would presumably be the backup center. Bogut, Lee, O’neal and Spreights, with Barnes as a stretch is a totally tolerable inside rotation.

  • noah

    Now, onto backup guards. They’re after Morrow, which seems silly given their shooting strength. They also need a PG. Mo Williams? Chauncey would be a great fit, but he’s not healthy. Not sure who else is worth it, but they need somebody behind Steph. There’s always Nate Robinson, and they could use a penetrator, since Iggy is their only one, really.

  • Nic

    Mo Speights is a nice pick up for the Ws. Even better that they get the team option on the 3rd year, which is the year that D. Lee becomes a free agent. That’ll give them more cap space to play with for either reshaping their front court or re-signing D. Lee.

    Not sure that I like these rumors for picking up Jermaine O’Neal. I know that GM Bob Meyers used to be his agent, but I hope that means he knows enough to get him at the veteran’s minimum for no more than a one year deal (or a two year deal with a team option in for the 2nd). Let’s not forget that Bogut is a free agent after this season, which means the Ws will need to figure out what to do at the 5 (and I don’t think that anyone will argue that starting Speights or O’Neal there is the answer).

    KIRILENKO WILL NOT SIGN WITH THE WARRIORS because he does not want to come off of the bench and wants a multi-year deal that the Ws can’t afford.

    Jack and Landry could come back, in theory. But would you do that after the Ws just dumped you and another team agreed to pay you more than the Ws can? The Ws should have worked this sign and trade for Iggy first, instead of as an afterthought to signing him, so they could have retained J. Jack. They will be hard pressed to replace him. And no, Chauncey Billups should not be an option unless the Ws are moving into “win now” mode, and are okay with the shell of Chauncey taking too many shots. He was “Mr. Big Shot”. He’s not “Mr. Big Shot” anymore, unless Big Shooting means high volume and low percentage.

    A back up PG should be the Ws PRIORITY now. I wonder if they can afford Mo Williams, and if Mo isn’t too proud to come off of the bench again. It was an issue for him two years ago when the Clipps signed Chauncey and CP3. Otherwise, do you go to a no PG lineup when Steph gets into foul trouble and have Iggy play point forward? Then what about when Iggy gets into foul trouble? Nate Robinson is out there, but he might have played himself out of our price range last season, despite the black cloud that follows him known as “the knuckle head factor.” Doesn’t leave too many quality PGs to command the second unit.

  • nickj

    So if I’m understanding this correctly Marcus ( which you’ve explained beautifully)the Warriors have about 16 mil to sign let’s say Mo Williams 2yr 10 mil contract that only 5mil comes of of that 16 mil thats left to use for that year?

  • http://EltonBrand,KenyonMartin,JasonCollins finalsorbust

    Happy to see Spreight but I still think we should go after Elton Brand and Kenyon Martin. We have need beef!

    As for backup at the point, I would love to see Bazemore get playing time. He is a little sloppy still but a great defender and with any mix of Thompson, AI, Barnes and Draymond Green we will have a lock down defender available at 1, 2 & 3.

    A healthy Bogut and we match up with just about anyone in the league.

  • Nic

    Mo Speights is a nice pick up for the Ws. Even better that they get the team option on the 3rd year, which is the year that D. Lee becomes a free agent. That’ll give them more cap space to play with for either reshaping their front court or re-signing D. Lee.

    Not sure that I like these rumors for picking up Jermaine O’Neal. I know that GM Bob Meyers used to be his agent, but I hope that means he knows enough to get him at the veteran’s minimum for no more than a one year deal (or a two year deal with a team option in for the 2nd). Let’s not forget that Bogut is a free agent after this season, which means the Ws will need to figure out what to do at the 5 (and I don’t think that anyone will argue that starting Speights or O’Neal there is the answer).

    KIRILENKO WILL NOT SIGN WITH THE WARRIORS because he does not want to come off of the bench and wants a multi-year deal that the Ws can’t afford.

    Jack and Landry could come back, in theory. But would you do that after the Ws just dumped you and another team agreed to pay you more than the Ws can? The Ws should have worked this sign and trade for Iggy first, instead of as an afterthought to signing him, so they could have retained J. Jack. They will be hard pressed to replace him. And no, Chauncey Billups should not be an option unless the Ws are moving into “win now” mode, and are okay with the shell of Chauncey taking too many shots. He was “Mr. Big Shot”. He’s not “Mr. Big Shot” anymore, unless Big Shooting means high volume and low percentage.

    A back up PG should be the Ws PRIORITY now. I wonder if they can afford Mo Williams, and if Mo isn’t too proud to come off of the bench again. It was an issue for him two years ago when the Clipps signed Chauncey and CP3. Otherwise, do you go to a no PG lineup when Steph gets into foul trouble and have Iggy play point forward? Then what about when Iggy gets into foul trouble? Nate Robinson is out there, but he might have played himself out of our price range last season, despite the black cloud that follows him known as “the knuckle head factor.” Doesn’t leave too many quality PGs to command the second unit.

    My short list for young/talented backup PGs with upside who can be signed on the cheap (in no particular order): Beno Udrih, Toney Douglas, AJ Price.

    My free agent backup Center short list (in this particular order): Timofey Mozgov (although it might be hard to get him as he has been allegedly offered a four year deal from a Russian club and because he is a restricted free agent), Brandan Wright, Jermaine O’Neal, Jason Collins. Free agent 5s are pretty rare this off season, so don’t be shocked if we see the Ws ship some more young talent and draft picks to use some of that $23 million in Traded Player Exceptions to trade for another big.

  • Chan

    I hella called that Iggy would come to the Warriors during the 1st round playoffs when Coach Jackson said Nuggets sent a hitmen to hurt Curry and he had a source. That day when Iggy was talking to Coach Jackson during the halftime game, I kinda thought Iggy would be the source saying he wants no part of dirty play.

  • bill

    my god please not Mo Williams!