Warriors Not Using Open Roster Spots For Now

March 4 2013 at 2:42pm CDT By Luke Adams

Since February's trade deadline, we've seen teams like the Knicks, Heat, and Celtics move to add players on 10-day contracts or multiyear deals, filling their open roster spots. After trading Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins on deadline day, the Warriors are another team with a pair of open roster spots, but according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors are in no rush to add any more bodies.

Thompson reports that Friday's buyout deadline didn't yield the sort of players the Warriors had been anticipating. Had players like DeJuan Blair or Timofey Mozgov been bought out, Golden State would have been interested, but none of the current free agents or players on waivers strongly appeal to the team.

According to Thompson, if the Warriors were to add another player to the roster this season, the move would require the approval of coach Mark Jackson. Since Jackson is big on chemistry and doesn't necessarily want to take away minutes from his current players, it may not make sense for the club to bring in a player simply to have him sit on the bench.

As I detailed last week, the Warriors are also one of a handful of teams sitting just below the tax line. Based on reported salaries, Golden State would still probably have room to bring in a pair of players on pro-rated minimum contracts, but there may be players on the roster with incentives we don't know about, inching the Warriors close to the tax line. In that case, it wouldn't make sense for the club to add more salary and risk going into the tax.

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