FEBRUARY 18TH: Golden State continues to aggressively seek a bench upgrade, but they’re not expected to go into the tax to do so, reports Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. The Warriors have considered bringing in a point guard to replace earlier trade acquisition Jordan Crawford, but they’re also looking at forwards, Deveney writes.
FEBRUARY 11TH: The Warriors are looking to bolster their bench and hope to use their trade exceptions in order to facilitate a deal that would likely need to involve three teams, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. Golden State has a total of four trade exceptions, valued at roughly $9.8MM, $4MM, $762K, and $762K respectively.
If there is a deal is to be done, Amick doesn’t think the $9.8MM exception will be used considering Golden State’s already-steep payroll. At about $69.3MM committed in salary for 2013/14, the Warriors are at about $2.5MM under the league’s luxury tax threshold. If they were to consider using their largest exception in a deal, it would only be for a major impact player.
You can find a list of outstanding traded player’s exceptions along with their expiration dates here.