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Report: Warriors re-signing Leandro Barbosa with most of MLE

Golden State Warriors Travel Home

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 17: Leandro Barbosa #19 of the Golden State Warriors kisses the NBA trophy on the plane as the team travels home from Cleveland after winning the 2015 NBA Finals on June 17, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Leandro Barbosa and the Warriors was championship.

Now, Barbosa gonna be paid.

Ken Berger of

The Warriors could have used Barbosa’s Non-Bird Rights (technically a form of Bird Rights) to pay him up to $1,799,024. By paying more, they’ll have to dip into their mid-level exception.

The taxpayer mid-level exception is for $ 3,376,000. So, after Barbosa’s $2.5 million, that leaves just$ 876,000 of the MLE – less than the minimum salary for most players. That’s useful only if Golden State wants to offer a rookie or second-year player a contract for above the minimum and/or longer than two years.

In other words, don’t count on the Warriors signing a rotation player from another team. They already took care of their top priority by re-signing Draymond Green, and Barbosa – a solid backup guard – maintains depth. That’s plenty.

As last season showed, Golden State doesn’t need significant upgrades.