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:


Warriors GM Bob Myers issues statement on 2019-20 NBA season ending

Warriors GM Bob Myers issues statement on 2019-20 NBA season ending

The Warriors' 2019-20 season officially ended Thursday morning.

Golden State general manager Bob Myers issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“We all recognize that there are much more important and pressing issues in our world right now that need to be addressed and corrected. Basketball is secondary at this point. Nonetheless, it is helpful to have a definitive resolution to our season.

"We can now focus our efforts on preparing for the 2020-21 season and, ideally, putting ourselves in position to be a very successful team. In many respects, despite our won-loss record, we had a productive season this year.

"Our rookies gained valuable experience, several of our young veterans showed marked improvement, our injured players progressed in their rehab, and our culture remained strong.”

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The Warriors finished with the worst record in the NBA at 15-50, which guarantees them a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft (now scheduled for Oct. 15).

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which will take place Aug. 25 -- will determine their exact position.

After five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, the Dubs will be looking to get back to the top of the mountain after falling hard to the bottom.

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"A lot of people saying we can’t win without KD — like we didn’t win without KD already," Draymond Green said on the "All the Smoke" podcast back in April. "Is it gonna be as easy? F--k no. Kevin’s great.

"But with them two guys (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) I’ve been rolling with ... it can get done. And we gonna get it done.”

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Warriors owners release powerful statement on improving race relations

Warriors owners release powerful statement on improving race relations

The Warriors were one of the first teams to issue a statement decrying racism and violence against the black community in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody.

On Thursday, Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber issued another statement, this time calling for everyone to pull together to improve race relations in America.

"As chairmen of the Golden State Warriors organization and as citizens of our country and members of our community, we are resolute in our belief that our collective attitude and aptitude around race relations must be for real change now. The inequity and intolerance that permeates this society must stop! We are at a tipping point in our national race relations and we all must take the leadership responsibility for creating real and sustainable change. We all must align our feet, tongue, heart and wallet as the only way to accomplish this imperative. This is not a political issue, though it will require critical political action. It is a leadership issue and towards that end, we will be working with our players, coaches and the entire organization to make this pledge real. We will be accountable."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Steph Curry have been among the loudest voices calling for change, with Curry asking people outside the black community to speak out and get uncomfortable in order to enact change.

This call for action comes after Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man died in police custody after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Video of Floyd's death showed Floyd telling Chauvin and three other officers he couldn't breathe and asking Chauvin to let up. It was later announced Floyd died in police custody. After nationwide protests, Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three officers were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting both charges.

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Protests have continued across the country even after Chauvin's arrest as citizen decry police brutality and institutional racism that has plagued this country since its inception.

This is a strong statement from Lacob and Guber and it's important for teams and high-profile athletes to speak up and use their money and platform to drive change in this country.