Warriors' best under-the-radar options with Iguodala trade exception
Tomas Satoransky, Guard, Chicago Bulls
Owed: $10 million in 2020-21 ($10 million in 2021-22 as well)
2019-20 stats: 28.9 MPG, 9.9 PPG, 43 percent FG, 32 percent 3-PT, 3.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.2 SPG
Satoransky would be a great fit with the Warriors, being able to play anywhere from the point guard to the small forward position. He is a great passer, and plays at his best with the ball in his hands, so Steve Kerr could run Steph Curry and Klay Thompson off screens to get open.
Think Shaun Livingston, but a better shooter from deep. This season, Satoransky struggled to find his 3-point stroke with the Bulls, but in the two previous years with the Wizards, he shot 40 percent and 47 percent (!!) respectively from deep. He is also on the books for the 2021-22 season, so this would not be a one-year rental.
Derrick Rose, Point Guard, Detroit Pistons
Owed: $7.7 million in 2020-21
2019-20 stats: 26 MPG, 18.1 PPG, 49 percent FG, 31 percent 3-PT, 5.6 APG
Over the past few seasons, Rose would not have been a fit for the Warriors. But times have changed, and so has the roster makeup, and now more than ever the team could use a major scoring threat off the bench.
He might not have the athleticism he once had in his MVP days, but Rose has become a much more efficient scorer than his younger years, even shooting as high as 37 percent from deep with Minnesota a season ago. With Curry on the bench, Rose could run the second unit and keep the team offensively afloat.
Reggie Bullock, Guard/Forward, New York Knicks
Owed: $4.2 million in 20-21
2019-20 stats: 23.6 MPG, 8.1 PPG, 40 percent FG, 33 percent 3-PT, 2.3 RPG
Bullock was a player that could have perhaps been a fit for the Warriors last offseason, but ended up signing a contract worth more money than they could spend. A small forward that has a similar build to Glenn Robinson III, Bullock has shot 39 percent from 3 over his career, including a fantastic 45 percent in 2017-18.
With a salary a little over $4 million, the Warriors could easily afford bringing him in to solidify their court spacing at the wing position.
Taj Gibson, Power Forward, New York Knicks
Owed: $9.5 million in 20-21
2019-20 stats: 16.5 MPG, 6.1 PPG, 58 percent FG, 29 percent 3-PT, 4.3 RPG
Warriors fans have clamored for the team to acquire Gibson for many years, so why not now? He is definitely not the same player he once was, but Gibson can still be a steady force from the power forward/center position that can efficiently and skillfully score from the rim to the midrange ala David West.
He also is a talented offensive rebounder that could earn the Warriors some extra possessions. The price tag could be higher than the Warriors want to spend for someone that might not get more than 15 minutes per game, but his veteran presence in the locker room could be impactful as well.
Mike Scott, Forward, Philadelphia 76ers
Owed: $5 million in 20-21
2019-20 stats: 17.8 MPG, 5.7 PPG, 41 percent FG, 36 percent 3-PT, 3.6 RPG
There is always room for a power forward that shot over 40 percent from 3 in the three prior seasons combined (36 percent this season). Scott is somewhat undersized for his position and lacks some athleticism, which can take away from his defensive abilities against stronger, faster players, but the spacing the Warriors would get with him on the floor might be enough help offensively to make a positive impact.
Tony Snell, Guard/Forward, Detroit Pistons
Owed: $12.2 million in 20-21
2019-20 stats: 27.8 MPG, 8 PPG, 45 percent FG, 40 percent 3-PT, 1.9 RPG, 2.2 APG
Snell is not going to blow you away on the court, but he quietly does enough to help his team win. He is a long, rangy wing that can switch on defense and shoot the 3-pointer efficiently. He might not add much on the glass or through passing, but a 3-and-D guy is something that every team would want right now. At over $12 million next season though, the Warriors may balk at the price tag.
Darius Miller, Small Forward, New Orleans Pelicans
Owed: $7 million in 20-21
2019-20 stats: 25.5 MPG, 8.2 PPG, 39 percent FG, 37 percent 3-PT, 2.1 APG (38 percent career 3-PT)
He might not be known to a lot of NBA fans, but Miller has been an efficient shooter from the wing position for the Pelicans the last few years. For his career, he is shooting 38 percent from deep, and could be a useful bench piece that provides the much sough after spacing the Warriors desire.