This season for the Golden State Warriors has been very different as not only does having no Klay Thompson really hurt their chances to do anything special, but they are in a very awkward position financially. They are not only paying a ton of luxury taxes this season due to them being $36.1M over the luxury tax threshold, but they are projected to be $50M+ over the salary cap for next NBA season entering the offseason.
The good news for them is that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman are all under contract for next season, so they do not have to worry about re-signing any major pieces to their core (other than agreeing to a long-term extension with Steph), but Kelly Oubre Jr. is set to be an unrestricted free agent and the Warriors have virtually no cap space to go out and sign other high-level talents in free agency.
Golden State is going to be paying a ton of money in luxury taxes whether or not they look to dump salary space in the offseason and with Curry, Thompson and Green not getting any younger, they could very much look to reload this offseason and look to add even more talent to their roster.
If Minnesota’s first-round pick this year does not fall inside the Top-3, the Warriors will get the rights to this pick and with the Timberwolves almost certain to have a Top-5 pick in this year’s draft, the Warriors could benefit greatly by ending up with one of this year’s top prospects.
With a potential top-tier draft pick coming in and the possibility of adding even more talent to their roster, the Warriors could look to use Kelly Oubre Jr. as trade bait in the offseason. Even though he is a free agent, Golden State could still execute a sign-and-trade involving Oubre Jr, not only giving them another high-level player, but a fairly large trade exception as well that they could then use at the trade deadline next season.
Could the Warriors look to pull off a surprising trade with their rivals, the Houston Rockets, for Eric Gordon in the offseason in attempts to potentially make it back to the NBA Finals? Let’s take a look at a hypothetical offseason trade presented by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz that would send Eric Gordon to the Golden State Warriors.