Pacific Notes: Warriors, Ibaka, Leonard, Caruso, Suns

Evan Fournier, Dennis Schroder, Will Barton and Ricky Rubio are some of the potential targets for the Warriors’ large trade exception, Brian Witt of NBC Sports Bay Area opines. Golden State possesses a trade exception worth approximately $17.2MM from its Andre Iguodala trade with Memphis last summer. It’s due to expire on July 7, though it will likely be extended if the season is resumed.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Kelly Olynyk and Dewayne Dedmon are two of the big men that the Warriors might consider with the trade exception, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. On the free agent market, unrestricted free agent Serge Ibaka would be an even better option due to his perimeter shooting and rim protection, along with his playoff experience. Meyers Leonard would be a cheaper and more realistic alternative in free agency, Slater adds.
  • Lakers guard Alex Caruso is doing his best to stay in shape during the hiatus, Garrett Stepien of relays. Caruso made the comments in a video interview with 247’s Evan Daniels. “It’s just at-home workouts, right, because facilities are closed,” Caruso said. “I live close to the beach and down in South Bay, so I’ve gone down to the beach, done some stuff on the beach, at-home workouts in the garage, dribbling, just basic ball-handling stuff, anything I can do to try to keep my body physically active.”
  • The Suns flashed their potential under coach Monty Williams this season, The Athletic’s Gina Mizell said in a roundtable of Pacific Division beat writers. Devin Booker became an All-Star. Deandre Ayton, even in limited action due to suspension and injury, made strides,” Mizell said. Ricky Rubio was a playmaker and veteran leader. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a career season and Mikal Bridges progressed.”
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17 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Warriors, Ibaka, Leonard, Caruso, Suns

  1. JonnyLucas

    Once the season is officially cancelled, the Warriors finals streak will still be alive.

    • Strike Four

      Their trade exceptions are going to put a really good team around the big 4, if this year is cancelled, they easily could make 6+ straight

    • x%sure

      lol, but playoff games make the most profit, so they will probably get taken care of first before the RS. (Unless next year gets suspended too).

      The NCAA trny is surely lost though with Kansas #1 as of the shutdown date.

    • Afk711

      Only Warriors streak that will be alive is Finals taking place in June. They’ll play the NBA finals 5 seconds before the 2020-21 season if they have to.

    • You know what’s funny in all this, is that the Clippers are screwed once again. Even when it looks like they may have an excellent chance to win it all, they’re still the Clippers and haven’t done anything.

      I mean they’re great on paper but once they close down the season.. they haven’t done anything. I’m sure they’ll be good next year, but still.

      • El Don

        They never could compete with the Lakers, so it doesn’t make a difference. BTW the season will resume & finish, make no mistake about it!

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Ibaka would be a perfect fit. Probably get him at a gd price too. On a selfish note. A trade with Knicks could also work. Makes them a favorite, and adds young talent. Robinson, Nttilikina, 2021 first rd pick. If they get #1 pick in draft. We take Wiseman. Can still sign Ibaka. Now this Warrior team. Would be favorite to win it all.

  3. As it stands it would be impossible for them to get ibaka. They project to be a tax team and the only way to acquire ibaka would be via sign and trade. Sign and trades can’t be executed if the receiving team would be over the tax line. Only way that happens is if they cut big time salary. Curry Thompson aren’t going anywhere. So green or Wiggins .

      • Yes but even then they can’t take someone on in a sign and trade. The rules wouldn’t allow

    • Luke Adams

      Slater suggests him as a free agent target, acknowledging that he’d be a dream acquisition because the taxpayer MLE almost certainly won’t be enough to get it done. I tweaked our wording to make this clearer.

      • They won’t have any room. Wiggins curry draymond and klay make more than 115 mill.

        Only possible way is tax payers mid level and im sure ibaka signs for more.

  4. Simmons>Russ

    Warriors trade Draymond Green, the trade exception and 2 second round draft picks for Myles Turner, TJ McConnell and Doug McDermott. Then They draft Obi Toppin

    1. Curry. McConnell. Bowman
    2. Thompson. Poole. Lee
    3. Wiggins. McDermott. Ennis*
    4. Toppin. Paschall. Smailagic
    5. Turner. Looney. Chriss. OQuinn*

    GSW have a young fast pace shooting line up again with good depth. I’d expect them to then sign a vet or two to fill out the roster like Kyle OQuinn and James Ennis.

    Indy get themselves a big exception, they get Draymond Green to play at PF which allows Sabonis to play centre full time. Their defence get a major boost because of Green which helps elevate them in the East. They also picked up a couple second round picks.
    With the exception they use it to sign free agents for depth such as Mason Plumblee who was born in Indy he joins as back up centre and Solomon Hill who was originally draft by the Pacers.

    1. Brogdon. Holiday. Dotson*
    2. Oladipo. Lamb. Holiday
    3. Warren. Hill. Nwora*
    4. Green. Bitadze. Leaf
    5. Sabonis. Plumblee. Maker*

    Draft Nwora with your pick in the second and use the two GSW picks to grab Dotson and Maker.

      • He is a pacer fan. That trade makes sense for only the pacers. Also with the players GSW have right now there will be a roster crunch with guarantee contracts. Add in a center and another power forward and GSW are set next year. The bench would have Chriss, Paschal, Poole, Smailigic, and Lee. So there is 11 spots not counting Bowman and looney. That would bring the roster at 13 with out Anderson and Mulder.

        • sleepyfloyd

          It’s an entertaining post that’s for sure, and you’re right there is a back end glut of players not necessary.

          Only thing is, while a dubs fan, Myles turner is fast becoming a top Nba player at 24, while green is on the down slide of his career.

          To me 5-6 good years of turner are worth a hell of a lot more than possibly 2 years of current green.

          And if the dubs are counting on Poole and Bowman for serious minutes they are in trouble. O’Connell is way better than those two guys.

    • Strike Four

      Green and Wiggins and the first rounder for Giannis lines up nicely. Giannis is already talking like a Warrior, he idolizes Steph, that pull is going to be too much whether you like it or not. We all just saw what happens when Steph is paired with a big on his talent level, rings. Expect more here when the inevitable Giannis trade goes down…

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