Warriors' Ky Bowman trying not to overthink with NBA future in flux

Warriors' Ky Bowman trying not to overthink with NBA future in flux

There's an old cliché of "living one day at a time" but for Warriors rookie Ky Bowman, it's true. He literally has a ticking clock that keeps his NBA future in flux. 

Bowman, undrafted out of Boston College, signed a two-way contract with the Warriors in late July. The 22-year-old expected to spend most of his time in Santa Cruz with the team's G League affiliate, however, a flurry of injuries for Golden State changed plans. 

Bowman already has played in 28 games this season for the Warriors. That has to be a pleasant surprise to the 6-foot-1 guard, but there's a catch. 

Players on two-way contracts cannot spend more than 45 days with their NBA teams. As NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole pointed out prior to the Dubs' 114-106 upset win over the Rockets on Christmas, Bowman now is down to 12 days he can spend with the Warriors. 

There's no doubt that number is on Bowman's mind, though, he's trying not to worry about it too much. 

“I am just going out there trying to do what I do and what the coaches want me to do,” Bowman recently said to The Undefeated's Marc Spears. “I am not trying to overplay or overthink.”

Bowman has been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. With injuries to stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson -- plus D'Angelo Russell missing an extended period of time -- the undersized guard has stepped in admirably. Bowman is averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds over 22.9 minutes per game. 

Coach Steve Kerr has seen Bowman grow under unkind circumstances and sees a bright future for him. 

“He’s a very confident young player and he’s handled his minutes really well,” Kerr said to The Undefeated. “He’s had some good games for us, he’s seeing the mistakes that he’s making and responding positively.”

The Warriors soon must make a decision on Bowman. If he reaches his 45-day limit, the team has to either sign him to a standard contract, send him back to the G League or waive him -- which would risk another team signing him. In the case the Warriors do sign him, they would have to cut a player or make a move to open a roster spot. 

No matter what, Bowman has cherished his unexpected time in the NBA so far. 

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“It’s a good thing,” Bowman said. “I was able to showcase my skills just through the time I have been up. I have put pressure on them. But if you think about it, I’m not just auditioning for them, I’m auditioning for everybody. The opportunity I’ve had to showcase myself opens the door for the rest of my career.”

It's safe to say Bowman has nailed his audition so far.

Marreese Speights discusses joining BIG3 prior to coronavirus pandemic

Marreese Speights discusses joining BIG3 prior to coronavirus pandemic

Marreese Speights didn’t have an extended tenure with the Warriors, but it was full of exciting moments.

The reliable stretch four was a valuable reserve in Golden State, including being part of the 2015 NBA championship team. Since leaving the Bay Area after the 2015-16 season, Speights has played for two other NBA teams and spent a few seasons playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak putting a hold on American sports, Speights was slated to join the BIG3 via one of the league’s new expansion franchises.

“I just think it’s a platform for me to play basketball,” Speights said on a special, virtual edition of “Warriors Outsiders" last week. “I did a lot of things in the NBA, I won a championship, that’s the most important goal.

“So for me, being back to playing basketball is just gonna be fun.”

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The roar Speights would get if he took the floor at Chase Center sometime in the future would be incredible.

The league was scheduled to get underway in June, although it remains to be seen when many American sports will be able to pick things back up after this extended hiatus.

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: