According to sources, the Warriors’ trade of Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers just got a little more interesting.
Apparently, the New Orleans Hornets are now involved, which drastically changes the face of the trade—especially from the Warriors’ perspective. Instead of simply trading Wright to the Sixers for a 2006 second-rounder with no chance of every crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Warriors are set to receive Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack.
What’s this mean for Golden State?
First of all, it means the $4.1 million they would have saved by unloading Wright is consumed (and then some) by Jack’s $5 million salary. By extension, it means the Warriors won’t have the ability to bring back restricted fee agent Brandon Rush without going into the luxury tax. GM Bob Myers has said that the team wouldn’t go into the luxury tax this year unless the Warriors could acquire a big-name free-agent.
No offense to Brandon Rush, but he’s not exactly that big name.
So, if the deal shakes out as planned, the Warriors have acquired Jack for what amounts to both Wright and Rush. If the Warriors somehow manage to keep Rush around, the deal is an unqualified success.
Of course, the acquisition of Jack also means the Warriors budget for a backup power forward (another item on Myers’ wish list) is paper-thin. The upshot of that reality is that rookies Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green may actually be pressed into more extensive duty this year than originally anticipated.
The deal hasn’t been made official yet, but it appears to be a foregone conclusion. Even Jack is pretty sure it’s going down.
In sum, the move feels like a small one—after all, Jack’s only a backup point guard. But it certainly has some far-reaching consequences.