Western Rumors: Warriors, Hammon, Suns, Clippers

With no cap room available this summer, the mid-level exception represents the Warriors‘ best chance of signing a free agent who can become a part of the club’s rotation. However, as Anthony Slater of The Athletic details, it’s not a lock that Golden State will use its full taxpayer MLE, which figures to be worth approximately $5.3MM in 2018/19.

“It depends,” general manager Bob Myers said earlier this week when asked about the possibility of using that mid-level exception. “[Warriors owner] Joe [Lacob] has always shown a high level of aggressiveness. So if it makes sense for us and if it helps us win, he’s always said yes. But that’ll be the markers that have to be met.”

Because the Warriors project to be well over the luxury-tax threshold next season, a player signed using the MLE figures to cost exponentially more than $5.3MM due to the tax penalties. So if the Dubs do use the exception, they’ll want to do it on a player who they feel is worth a $15-20MM investment. Avery Bradley, Tyreke Evans, Trevor Ariza, Will Barton, and J.J. Redick are some potential targets mentioned by Slater, though those players figure to receive larger offers on the open market.

Here are a few more items from around the Western Conference:

  • The Spurs have promoted Becky Hammon to a role on the front of the team’s bench, the club announced on Wednesday in a press release. According to the club, Hammon will be taking over the role previously held by James Borrego, who was hired as the Hornets’ new head coach this spring.
  • The Suns will be on the lookout for point guard in free agency, but John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 doesn’t think Rajon Rondo or Marcus Smart are likely to end up in Phoenix, and essentially rules out the possibility of the team pursuing Milos Teodosic (Twitter links).
  • The Clippers have worked out several free agents who had been playing overseas, a source tells international basketball reporter David Pick (Twitter link). In addition to Chris Babb, whose workout was previously reported, the club also took a look at Quincy Miller, Victor Rudd, and others, according to Pick.
  • In a piece for The Oklahoman, Erik Horne takes a look at several potential luxury-tax scenarios for the Thunder, depending on whether players like Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Jerami Grant stay or go.
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17 thoughts on “Western Rumors: Warriors, Hammon, Suns, Clippers

  1. Brandon Knight, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson, and DeAndre Ayton I think would be the best young team in the NBA.

    • I give no fox

      Lay off the sauce. That team won 21 games without Ayton. They don’t measure up with the sixers. Depending on what you define young, the Celtics, Jazz, Bucks, and wolves would also beg to differ with that statement

      • wdwyer

        Yes and Knight is coming back. Booker, Warren and Jackson should all improve and Ayton fills the need of a big man.

      • Horroratio

        A team featuring a 23 year old Curry and 21yo Klay won 23 games with David Lee and Monta Ellis scoring 20ppg. They added a 20yo Barnes and 22yo Green and won 45 games. Right now, the Suns have 7 projected rotation players that are 21 or younger(Warren is 24). The volatility of young players makes projections difficult and shallow analysis of previous results(team wins) probably isn’t the best indicator.

  2. Diego Felipo

    Rondo SHOULD sign with the Suns. He can get his stats (triple dub) and feed these young cats the ball.

  3. I wouldn’t count much on KD been loyal to GSW, ask OKC how it went for them.

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