NBA Free Agency

Warriors NBA free agency targets: Five guards, wings team could sign

Warriors NBA free agency targets: Five guards, wings team could sign

NBA free agency is slated to open Oct. 18 at 3:00 p.m. PT.

Despite the fact that still is over three months away, it's never too early to look ahead.

Last week, Grant Liffmann listed six "under-the-radar" free agents the Warriors could target. And on Wednesday -- Monte Poole, Kerith Burke, Liffmann and yours truly advanced the discussion in the latest "Warriors Roundtable."

One player discussed in depth was Josh Jackson of the Memphis Grizzlies. The 23-year-old -- who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft -- averaged 16.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five games before the season was suspended, while shooting over 38 percent from deep.

How he plays in the Orlando "bubble" might greatly impact his earning potential on the open market, and it's possible the Warriors won't be able to afford him.

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Watch the video above to see the complete conversation.

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NBA rumors: Warriors' enormous $17.2M trade exception expires Oct. 24

NBA rumors: Warriors' enormous $17.2M trade exception expires Oct. 24

There's currently an enormous cloud of uncertainty hovering over the NBA, but on Saturday, some sunshine broke through and provided the Warriors with some needed clarification.

It will be a critical offseason for Golden State, and the Warriors now know what are its two most important dates. The league announced that the 2020 NBA Draft -- in which Golden State is guaranteed to have a top-five pick -- will be held on Oct. 16. Additionally, free agency will begin at 3 p.m. (Pacific) on Oct. 18., with a moratorium on announcing contract agreements lasting from Oct. 19-23.

There is, however, a third crucial date for the Warriors, and they reportedly got clarification on that as well. According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, Golden State's $17.2 million traded player exception (TPE) will expire on Oct. 24.

The TPE -- which the Warriors received as part of the Andre Iguodala trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last summer -- permits Golden State to absorb a player's salary up to $17.2 million. It originally was scheduled to expire on July 7, but with the season calendar extended due to the coronavirus pandemic, that deadline was pushed back.

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So, the Warriors will have 36 hours after the conclusion of the free-agency moratorium in which to utilize the TPE -- the same as it was with the previous deadline. They can't announce any trades prior to that 36-hour period, though they will be able to negotiate with other teams during that time.

With the huge TPE, a top-five draft pick and reports of interest from free-agent veterans, the Warriors are going to have a lot packed into a week that, if capitalized on, could vault the franchise back into championship contention for many years to come. They have to figure out how to accomplish that, and now they know by when.

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NBA rumors: Kings learn details of free-agency window prior to restart

NBA rumors: Kings learn details of free-agency window prior to restart

As we get closer to the Orlando bubble, the NBA is starting to set out the path for teams. One of the first steps begins this week with a short window for free agency.

On Saturday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the timeline the NBA has set forth for the Kings and other NBA teams to make roster adjustments.

All 30 teams are allowed to sign players during the seven-day window from June 23-30. The Kings have roughly three days to sift through the list of eligible free agents before deciding whether or not to extend a contract to someone for added depth in Orlando.

The Kings’ roster currently stands at 14 players, plus two-way players Kyle Guy and DaQuan Jeffries. Guy has appeared in just two games for the Kings this season after being drafted in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Jeffries, who went undrafted out of Tulsa, has appeared in six games for the parent club.

Both players have had success at the G League level, but the Kings might want to add a more experienced body to the mix in case they run into injury or illness issues in the bubble in Orlando.

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Sacramento is deep at most positions, especially with Marvin Bagley healthy and ready to jump in the fray.

According to Charania, teams can sign rest-of-season contracts, substitute players, two-way contracts and waivers during the window.

We’ll have more on this story as information becomes available. Don’t be surprised if the Kings actively search for one more piece to the puzzle just to err on the side of caution.