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Six players who could intrigue Warriors on NBA contract buyout market

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Six players who could intrigue Warriors on NBA contract buyout market

The NBA trade deadline is over. Now it's the Warriors' time to make a move.

Golden State never planned to be active at Thursday's trade deadline, so the lack of a transaction wasn't exactly a surprise. The last time the team made a mid-season trade: February 2014.

So, what's next? The buyout market, that's what.

Plenty of attractive options are expected to be available for the Warriors on what should be a fairly robust contract buyout market. It remains to be seen whether they will prioritize a wing or a big, but in either case, they should be able to find someone who can aid in their push for a third consecutive NBA championship.

Six players could -- and probably should -- be at the top of the Warriors' list, should they become available.

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NBA rumors: Clippers to waive Marcin Gortat, who is interested in Warriors

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NBA rumors: Clippers to waive Marcin Gortat, who is interested in Warriors

It appears that Marcin Gortat will not finish this season with the Clippers.

Might he end up in the Pacific Division?

Well, the big man is going to be waived and he is interested in signing with the Warriors, league sources told Yahoo's Chris Haynes.

The problem for Gortat at this point is Golden State isn't ready to fill its open roster spot and wants to see how the rest of the market shakes out.

Gortat has made 43 starts this season and is averaging 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.

He is 15th in the NBA in screen assists (3.6) despite the fact that he is playing only 16.0 minutes per game. For context, Rudy Gobert is No. 1 at 6.0 per game, but gets nearly double the number of minutes (31.5). 

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Warriors fans probably remember Gortat's involvement in what took place on Feb. 28, 2017. In case you forgot -- less than one minute into the Warriors-Wizards game in D.C., Gortat threw down Zaza Pachulia, who fell into Kevin Durant's left leg, which resulted in KD's Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise.

No hard feelings, right?

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Warriors GM Myers: Gortat did nothing 'untoward' on play that injured Durant

Warriors GM Myers: Gortat did nothing 'untoward' on play that injured Durant

Though Wizards center Marcin Gortat took a beating on social media from Warriors fans upset about his role in the knee injury sustained by Kevin Durant on Tuesday, general manager Bob Myers saw it a different way.

Myers was not at Verizon Center, but he got a look at video of the play some considered “dirty” on the part of Gortat.

“I didn’t think anything untoward,” Myers said Wednesday morning via conference call. “My thought -- and I think I speak for the organization -- is I don’t think anything untoward occurred. These things happen in sports.”

Durant was hurt on an action initiated by Gortat in the first minute of the game. Going for a rebound, he grabbed Warriors center Zaza Pachulia from behind and flung him to the floor. Pachulia, 6-foot-11, 270 pounds, fell backward into Durant’s knee.

Gortat was whistled for a foul on Pachulia.

There obviously was no intent to injure Durant, but that was the result the Warriors will have to live with for the next month or more.

Durant was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) as well as the tibial bone bruise to his left knee. He will be reevaluated in four weeks.