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Warriors could save $4M in luxury tax because of No. 2 pick

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The Warriors really wanted the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but there is an added benefit to slipping to the No. 2 pick.

The difference in salaries between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks likely will save the Warriors a decent amount of luxury tax money, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

Marks projects the Warriors could save $4 million if the rookie scale contracts remain the same for next season. But we won't know what the scale is until the league can figure out the revenue numbers for the 2020-21 NBA season.

As it stands right now, Spotrac.com already projects the Warriors to be $9,884,768 over the luxury tax line.

With the coronavirus pandemic halting the 2019-20 NBA season in March and forcing the closure of arenas for events, the Warriors and every other NBA team don't have a revenue stream coming in.

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With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins eating up a large chunk of the Warriors' salary cap, it might not be the worst thing in the world for the team to slip to No. 2 in the draft.

General manager Bob Myers and his front office still will have a good chance to get the player they want if they decide not to trade the draft pick, and they can save a few million dollars in the process.