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Warriors' buyout options thin after waiver playoff deadline

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Warriors' Bob Myers

If Warriors president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers crossed his fingers for more options in the buyout market, it didn't do much good.

Friday's 8:59 p.m. PT deadline passed for teams to waive players who could be playoff-eligible, and no new players hit the market. Otto Porter Jr. remained with the Orlando Magic, while Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley stayed with the struggling Houston Rockets.

The Warriors still have an open roster spot after signing guard Gary Payton II to a 10-day contract, and the pickings are slim among bought-out players.  Austin Rivers, whom the Oklahoma City Thunder waived soon after acquiring him prior to the trade deadline, remains a free agent. Yet it's hard to see where Rivers fits in what's becoming a crowded backcourt, especially if Payton II catches on.

Golden State doesn't have many more options in free agency, especially with G League frontcourt players Kaleb Wesson and Axel Toupane signing in Belgium and with the Milwaukee Bucks, respectively, over the last month. Porter, and even Olynyk, would've given the Warriors a different dimension at power forward, but neither player is a playoff-eligible option.

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Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this month he assumes 2020 second-round pick Justinian Jessup won't join the Warriors this season, and Jessup's Hawks are currently in possession of the NBL's fourth and final playoff spot. Barring a reunion with a G Leaguer and/or another signing for the back end of the rotation, the roster the Warriors entered Friday's game against the Washington Wizards shouldn't change much over the course of the regular season.

 

The Warriors fell to 24-28 with their loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday, still good enough for 10th place in the Western Conference and possession of the final play-in spot. If Golden State's going to solidify it's hold, let alone climb up the standings, this current group of Warriors likely won't get any outside help.

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