Thanks to last year’s front office maneuvers, the Golden State Warriors have until the end of the day to use their remaining trade exception of $9.8 million.
Without any more cap space to work with, they can still take advantage of this $9.8 million by completing a sign-and-trade.
As previously noted, the Warriors are actively trying to sign-and-trade Jordan Crawford. Crawford’s play fell short of what the front office was looking for when they received him and MarShon Brooks from the Celtics in return for Toney Douglas. While he really improved in his last few months in Boston, even earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week in February, he never provided the scoring lift the second unit desperately needed.
The first name that comes to mind is Jordan Hill. He’s a quality big man who could provide some interior toughness and energy. Last season with the Lakers, Hill averaged career-highs in points per game (9.7) and rebounds per game (7.4) respectively. It remains to be seen if the Lakers would send a promising talent like Hill within the division, but the Lakers could be intrigued by Crawford’s scoring ability.
Brandon Rush returning to the Bay is also an intriguing opportunity. The Warriors have already signed Livingston, showing that they’re not afraid to sign players with a significant injury history. Rush fits the bill of the “3-And-D player,” which players such as Kawhi Leonard and Shane Battier have made a premium, highly sought after skill set to possess. Rush would be a very competent back up for Thompson and would form a formidable backcourt alongside Livingston.
Udonis Haslem is also worth a look. While he has been a fan favorite in Miami, he barely saw the floor during the Heat’s playoff run. With so much uncertainty swirling around Miami’s free-agency situation, I wouldn’t’ be shocked if Haslem left for greener pastures on a 1-2 year deal. It’s a bit of a stretch that Haslem would take a pay cut and accept a veteran minimum deal, but Haslem’s phone isn’t exactly blown up with potential suitors. The idea of more playing time on a team that could use spacing and a capable big who can hit elbow jumpers may be worth considering.