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Allonzo Trier unrealistic for Warriors now, but could be free-agent target

Allonzo Trier unrealistic for Warriors now, but could be free-agent target

As the Warriors look to build-out their roster for next season, a few interesting names remain on the market with the NBA"s transaction window open.

One of them, former New York Knick Allonzo Trier, would appear to be an ideal piece for the Warriors to add to their bench next season. After going undrafted, Trier, 24, had a promising rookie season in 2018-19 for the Knicks, averaging 10.9 points per game while shooting 39.4 percent from 3-point range. But Trier's numbers and minutes dipped this season and the Knicks waived him Friday.

A young, athletic wing who can shoot it from 3 -point range and play solid defense on multiple positions seems like the perfect fit for a Warriors team that currently lacks quality wing options off the bench.

While the Warriors and Trier would be an ideal fit, it appears the former Knick would like some more money than the Warriors would be willing to offer.

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to sign Trier but the guard was "looking for more money and a different contract structure than the Cavs were willing to offer."

The Cavs currently are $980K below the luxury tax and like the Warriors, have no incentive to go above it with their season officially over after being left off the Orlando restart invitation list. The Warriors currently are $310K below the tax. Last season, Trier made $3.4 million this year with the Knicks and would have had a qualifying offer of $4.4 million had he not been waived by New York.

The Warriors have the ability to add one player before the transaction window closes. They can sign that player to either a rest of the season contract or a multi-year deal using the rest of their non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which will be set at the pro-rated March 27th amount of $1,219,837.

The Warriors could look to bring back Dragan Bender, who they released after his 10-day contract was up. A number of teams reportedly are interested in Bender, but if he doesn't catch on with a playoff team then a Warriors reunion could be in the cards. The Warriors also could look to add a G League standout like Deyonta Davis or Dakota Mathias.

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As for Trier, if he goes unsigned during the window, he will become an unrestricted free agent in October once the season has concluded. The Warriors should keep their eyes on him if he remains unsigned.

Trier showed he could be a quality NBA player when given the opportunity by David Fizdale. With the ability to be a competent 3-point shooter, harass players with his length on defense and score off the dribble, Trier could be a solid complementary role player for a team looking for some juice off the bench.

The Warriors will have a $5.9 million taxpayer exception to use this summer. The taxpayer mid-level exception allows teams to sign players for a set rate (expected to be $5.9 million this offseason) for up to three seasons with the salary increasing by 4.5 percent each year.

Golden State will enter next season with $146 million committed to 11 players before taking into account draft picks. They can go over the luxury tax threshold to fill their final two roster spots as long as they do so by either using the MLE, the $17.2 million Andre Iguodala trade exception or do so by acquiring a player or players via trade at 120 percent outgoing salary.

Trier isn't a realistic possibility for the Warriors during the transaction window, but he could be on their radar come October. As often is the case, the Knicks' loss could be a much smarter organization's gain.

NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

The NBA reportedly is considering creating a second "bubble" in Chicago for the eight teams that were not included in the Orlando bubble as part of the league's expanded playoff format. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Thursday that Golden State potentially would participate, despite coach Steve Kerr previously insisting that the Dubs would not be interested in such a setup.

It remains to be seen if the second bubble will actually take place, but even if it does, it sure seems like you won't be seeing Steph Curry play in it. ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reported he wouldn't have played in Orlando had the Warriors qualified, and it begs the question as to why Chicago would be any different.

"I was told unequivocally by people at Golden State," MacMullan said Thursday on the "Hoop Collective" podcast, "if Golden State came back (to play in Orlando) they weren't gonna let Steph Curry step foot on the floor."

"The reason they were worried about Steph Curry," MacMullan added, "was because they didn't feel that he had played enough to come back."

So, there you have it. The Warriors arguably would have very little to gain from participating in the Chicago bubble, and given that there is no championship at stake -- like there is in Orlando -- Golden State doesn't have much motivation to send its star veteran players, especially those that are returning from injury.

Curry played in precisely one of the Warriors' final 61 games before the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic after returning from a broken wrist. And if he isn't going to play, you can bet Klay Thompson -- who would be returning from a torn ACL -- won't either.

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Draymond Green previously said that he would have played in Orlando, but if the Splash Brothers are out, why would Golden State risk the health of the other remaining piece of its championship core?

The Warriors need to find a way to stay in basketball shape and continue developing chemistry over what is going to be an extremely long layoff before the start of next season. But if Curry, Thompson and Green aren't involved, then that kind of ruins the whole point.

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Warriors would gain little partaking in NBA's proposed 'second bubble'

Warriors would gain little partaking in NBA's proposed 'second bubble'

Insofar as the Warriors run a fairly democratic operation, with each player having a voice and the core veterans operating as advisers to head coach Steve Kerr, an invitation to become part of a proposed but not approved second NBA “bubble” presents a dilemma.

If mandated by the NBA, they’ll go, whether it’s Chicago or Las Vegas or another site. That the vets – Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson -- would not be expected to play makes the team’s participation cursory, if not downright pointless.

Yet general manager Bob Myers recently said the Warriors would be “team players” and, in the end, do whatever is best for the league.

“You have to take a step back and say, ‘We’re going to be good partners,’” he said in a phone conversation. “We’re going to do what’s best for the league in a difficult environment.”

Understand, the Warriors don’t want to be there -- and why should they? Their 2019-20 season is over, and there is no definitive start date for 2020-2021. They’d be scrimmaging, at potentially increased risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with the crew that absorbed most of the minutes last season.

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Which brings us to their real desire. They want to gather as a group before the next training camp, currently penciled in for November. Kerr told me a few weeks ago that he “wouldn’t mind” getting his team together for what amounts to a minicamp in the middle of an offseason extended by the pandemic.

Coaches want it, and so do the players. They all would like the experience of playing with each other, which didn’t exist last season. Thompson missed the entire season, and Curry played four games, only one with Andrew Wiggins, who came over in a February trade.

Ideally, that would occur at Chase Center, which has opened for individual activities with attendance limitations but remains suspended for full team activities.

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Should the day come when the current restrictions are relaxed, expect the Warriors to identify a week to get everyone inside. Get Thompson on the floor with Wiggins and others, scrimmaging together for the first time. Evaluate how Curry and Green have responded to the long layoff.

That would be productive, as well as their first blowout activity since early March.

Going into a second bubble, with a stripped-down squad, confined to a hotel for a week or two, is something the Warriors are willing to do. Willing, but hardly eager and barely engaged.