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NBA free agency: Warriors' best targets for 2020 NBA offseason

NBA free agency: Warriors' best targets for 2020 NBA offseason

If things were going as scheduled, NBA free agency would be starting about a month and a half from now. But these are not normal times, and any schedule that was once conceived is no longer valid.

Important NBA dates are not the only things that will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as the financial ramifications of any lost games or games without fans will be significant.

How will this change the NBA salary cap? Will teams be more frugal with their payroll with all their financial losses? These are some important questions that will have to be answered at some point.

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In the meantime, however, the Warriors are preparing to enter an offseason in which they will have a high draft pick, and not much salary flexibility as they will be a luxury tax team yet again. Unless the Warriors were to make significant moves to shed money, they will only have the ability to sign veteran free agents with the tax-payer midlevel exception, and veteran minimum contracts. 

Here are some unrestricted free agent possibilities to fill veteran roles, with their 2019-20 stats and age at during the 2020-21 season. Some of them are definitely more realistic than others.

VIEW WARRIORS' TOP FREE-AGENT TARGETS HERE

Eleven players Warriors could target with taxpayer mid-level exception

Eleven players Warriors could target with taxpayer mid-level exception

General manager Bob Myers and the Warriors front office have some work to do whenever the NBA offseason begins.

After five straight NBA Finals appearances, the Warriors have the worst record in the NBA this season.

So, it’s up to Myers and Co. to add a few pieces that will help the Warriors get back into contention for an NBA title.

In addition to having one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA Draft and a massive $17.2 million trade exception acquired in the Andre Iguodala deal, the Warriors will have the ability to use the taxpayer mid-level exception, which ESPN’s Bobby Marks estimated will be around $5.9 million.

That number is based on the salary cap, and if that number goes down due to the loss of revenue caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, the value of the taxpayer mid-level exception could shrink as well.

Hard capped by the D’Angelo Russell-Kevin Durant trade with Brooklyn last summer, the Warriors couldn’t go over the luxury tax line this past season. But in 2020-21, the hard cap is gone and Draymond Green’s contract extension kicks in, meaning Golden State will cross the luxury tax threshold.

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The Warriors can use the entire taxpayer MLE to sign one player or they can split up the total to sign several players.

Here are 11 pending free agents, in no particular order, that the Warriors could use the Taxpayer MLE on this offseason:

VIEW 11 WARRIORS' TARGETS HERE

NBA Draft: Best-ever No. 47 picks, where Kings will select in 2019

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NBA Draft: Best-ever No. 47 picks, where Kings will select in 2019

The No. 47 pick might not seem like a spot to grab an impact player, but that's where the Kings will be selecting during Thursday's NBA draft. Luckily for Sacramento, there have been a few success stories with that pick that make for some interesting throwback stories.

Here are some of the best No. 47 picks in the history of the NBA Draft. 

Paul Millsap, PF, Jazz, 2006

Before Millsap was ever on an NBA court, he was making history. He became the only player in NCAA basketball history to lead the nation in rebounding for three consecutive years. 

Is that good? I think that's good. 

Across 13 seasons in the NBA with the Jazz, Hawks and Nuggets, Millsap has averaged 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He has also been selected to four All-Star teams and was named to the 2006-07 All-Rookie team. 

Mo Williams, G, Jazz, 2003

Williams was also drafted to the Utah Jazz -- but left a mediocre rookie season behind him before signing Milwaukee Bucks when as an unrestricted free agent. He fared well with the team, but it was his ability to come off the bench in the clutch making game-winning shots that set him apart from others. 

In his four-season stint with the Bucks, he averaged 14.1 points and in December 2006, he recorded his first triple-double against the Miami Heat. 

Mike Gale, G, Bulls, 1971

Gale's background is similar to that of George Gervin, who we outlined as the best-ever player selected with the No. 40 pick. Well, minus the insane numbers, the Hall of Fame induction, and the 12 All-Star selections.

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But Gale did play for the San Antonio Spurs in both the ABA and the NBA. That's the only similarity between the two. 

Across his 13-year career, Gale tallied 6,203 career points and 3,146 career assists, and he won the 1974 ABA Championship while with the New York Nets.