Offseason Outlook: Golden State Warriors

Guaranteed Contracts


  • None

Non-Guaranteed Contracts

Free Agents (Cap Holds)

Draft Picks

  • 1st Round (Top-seven protected; pending lottery; 3.6% chance at first overall pick; 72.5% chance of keeping pick)
  • 1st Round (30th overall)
  • 2nd Round (35th overall)
  • 2nd Round (52nd overall)

Cap Outlook

  • Guaranteed Salary (including likely options): $55,957,097
  • Non-Guaranteed Salary, Cap Holds: $12,416,397
  • Total (not including draft picks): $68,373,494

The Warriors' offseason didn't technically begin until after the team played its final regular season game on April 26th, but unofficially it was well underway by that point. With the Warriors out of playoff contention, the offseason was underway when the club promoted Bob Myers to general manager earlier in April, and it was even underway when the team completed a blockbuster deal in March, swapping Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut in a five-player trade.

Because Golden State got an early headstart on the offseason, the summer itself doesn't figure to be all that eventful. The Warriors will be looking forward to seeing how a healthy Bogut plays with the current nucleus, so they won't be shaking up the roster with any sort of major trades. The amnesty clause was used last December (Charlie Bell, anyone?), and with nearly $56MM in guaranteed contracts on the books, Golden State doesn't exactly have much cap flexibility.

The Warriors will have a few assets in play as they head into the summer. They hold four draft picks, though there's about a one-in-four chance their lottery selection will head to Utah if the ping-pong balls are unkind later this month. The team will also have the non-taxpayer mid-level exception to spend in free agency.

With Bogut, David Lee, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry penciled in as four of the club's five starters, the small forward position represents the biggest hole on the roster. Richard Jefferson and Dorell Wright can play the position, but probably shouldn't be relied upon for heavy minutes, so the Warriors figure to target the three-spot in the draft or free agency.

If Golden State keeps its top-seven-protected pick in the draft, the team should be targeting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Harrison Barnes. Those two players are easily the top small forwards in this year's draft class, and either would be a terrific addition for the Warriors. If neither player is on the board when the Warriors draft at #7, perhaps Golden State could consider trading the pick, along with a contract or two, to obtain a veteran small forward.

While free agency is another route the team could go in its search for a small forward, the pickings will be slim. Gerald Green, Carlos Delfino, Boris Diaw, and Steve Novak are among the uninspiring names that highlight the list of threes available in unrestricted free agency. Nicolas Batum headlines the restricted free agents, but will command a larger contract than the Warriors can afford.

Perhaps the most intriguing candidates for the Warriors are Lamar Odom and Landry Fields. Odom is expected to be waived by the Mavericks, making him a free agent, and while there's no guarantee he'd be interested in Golden State, his value has dropped enough this season that the $5MM mid-level could be enough to land him. Fields, meanwhile, is a restricted free agent and will likely be re-signed by the Knicks, but a competitive mid-level type offer would make it tough on New York, who also want to re-sign Jeremy Lin and have major money committed to Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler.

2012/13 will be an important season for the Warriors, as they determine whether a squad led by Bogut can contend in the West, and decide whether to extend Curry's contract, which will expire in 2013. The team likely won't be too active this summer, simply looking to land a small forward and filling out the rest of its roster with rookies and veterans on minimum salaries. Those decisions aren't insignficant, but the team's major acquisition of 2012 (Bogut) has already been made.

Storytellers Contracts and Sham Sports were used in the creation of this post.

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