Warriors Trade Graham, Napier To Timberwolves

JULY 8: The trade is official, with the Warriors receiving the draft rights to Lior Eliyahu in the swap, according to a press release from the team.

Because they had to be used for salary-matching purposes in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade, Graham and Napier both received significant partial guarantees. Graham had about 90% of his $1.65MM salary guaranteed, tweets Darren Wolfson of SKOR North.

JULY 1: Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier, two of the three players the Warriors are acquiring from the Nets in their sign-and-trade deal for D’Angelo Russell, will be re-routed to the Timberwolves, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). Minnesota will also receive cash in the deal, Woj notes.

As part of the agreement, Napier and Graham – who are both on non-guaranteed contracts – will receive partial guarantees, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Both players will have their minimum salaries for 2019/20 becomes guaranteed if they’re not waived by July 10, Marks adds (via Twitter).

It’s a cap-conscious move for the Warriors, for whom every dollar will count, since they face a hard cap of $138.9MM for this season. According to Marks (via Twitter), flipping Graham and Napier will save the team about $250K.

There’s a chance that one or both of Napier and Graham could stick in Minnesota for the season, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (Twitter link). However, that’s far from a certainty.

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27 thoughts on “Warriors Trade Graham, Napier To Timberwolves

  1. jorge78

    So the Timberwolves get cash.
    Does that take money off their cap total like in MLB?

  2. Theone23

    Lol at Minnesota. From hoping on D’Angelo to pair with Towns, to acquiring Treveon Graham and Shabaz Napier in the same transaction that sends D loading to another team, it must really sick to be a T Wolves fan. Not to mention having arguably the worst player in the NBA in Andrew Wiggins, on a max contract nonetheless, no real good young prospective players other than KAT, putting all your assets in a trade for a star who then publicly, and probably accurately, roasts the team as soft then requests a trade out and is granted one, to playing in the West and watching your competition around you add and get better, to the fact that Minnesota is probably one of the worst NBA cities and least attractive FA destinations in the league, and not to mention the frigid cold temperatures, colder then Toronto, I can’t even fathom what it feels like to be a Wolves fan.

    • nentwigs

      I believe that after all their trials, tribulations and failures, there remains only one true Wolves fan.
      so it’s THE Wolves fan, not a Wolves fan…….

    • Bdd1967

      Not until Taylor sells this team will ANYTHING change. KAT is stuck here…waste of a great career. No one will get to see his talent because he has no one to play with. Covington is the next best player they have. Like it’s been stated…Minnesota is the least attractive FA destination…not because of the location but because of the owner and the personnel running this team and picking coaches. It’s a cluster F and has been since KG was traded.

    • Pablo

      You haven’t done a lot of research on The twins cities. It such a great place that people flock here even despite cold temperature. The fan base exists, but they want winners. Look at the twins – they start winning they sell out. If the wolves ever start winning they could too. It’s just been lousy management of the team.

    • Dodgethis

      How are you going to blame fans for decades of uninspiring basketball? The fanbase is there, but like all people they get tired of paying to see a team that isn’t fun to watch. And, people from cold cities take indoor sports very, very seriously.

      • x%sure

        “Cabin fever”
        There’s nothing like stepping out of a freezing slushy shivering semi-snowbound bundled-up evening into a hot screamy gym for a HS game… IF the game is popular there.

        People visit America to see the Grand Canyon, take some pics, go home, say they saw America. I guess, if that’s what they want.

  3. Skip, Tampa

    Look for Warriors to flip Russell to the Magic for Gordon, Bamba, 1st or the Heat for Waiters, Olynik, 1st. Save some cap and get a pick.
    Ok, last part was a joke.

    • jeremy

      Since it was a sign and trade not a normal trade. Not sure they would be allowed to trade him till at the earliest December 15th

  4. jcomey

    Wolves: We want to sign DLo. Top priority.
    Warriors: Oh, we signed him.
    Wolves: …..
    Warriors: Yeah, we plan to trade him.
    Wolves: Oh, reall—
    Warriors: …but not to you.
    Wolves: Oh.
    Warriors: We also got Shabazz and Treveon Graham.
    Wolves: ……
    Warriors: We’ll trade you them.
    Wolves: …..wtfmr

  5. DynamiteAdams

    Tbh they should have kept Napier for minimum. I mean do they think they can do better?

    • They’ve got the draft pick Jordan Poole they have the kid from Boston College on their summer league team they like Quinn cook. That’s plenty of little guards who handle the ball. Of course Curry as well not a lot of minutes for nappier

    • D$!LLKU$H-og

      I think they should have kept Graham. Losing KD and Iggy leaves them short handed on the wing. Graham can hit 3’s and plays good d.

      • x%sure

        I bet at the end, GSW will have lesser players than Napier & Graham on their roster. Unless they’re waved and GSW retakes them.

  6. wettle

    I too don’t understand why the Wolves would help facilitate the Russell trade when they thought he was possibly going there.

    • Dodgethis

      Because you don’t hold a grudge in business. They get a future pick out of it and it cost them absolutely nothing.

  7. dtrainriotmaker

    Not sure exactly either but the warriors or nets didn’t want anyone from the wolves , the only player anyone really wants from that team is towns and they aren’t trading him right ? I mean Covington is solid but not enough

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