Use their trade exception
The Warriors were awarded a $17.2 million trade exception when they dealt Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies. That exception has since been moved back and will be available until about a week after the free agency period begins.
Who they sign with that exception will be of utmost importance. However, given that many businesses, including the NBA, were hit hard by the loss of revenue from coronavirus shutdowns, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Joe Lacob opt to not use it.
That exception could bring in a player like Dennis Schroder. It wouldn’t make the Warriors Finals contenders. With Curry and Thompson healthy, this team should already be title favorites in 2021.
What it would do it add depth to help them sustain the season and fill holes on a roster that’ll undoubtedly have some injury concerns. Ricky Rubio is another one of the seven that NBC Sports pegged as potential additions.
While the mid-level exception and veteran’s minimum contracts will be important, they likely won’t vastly improve their roster. The Warriors could get a player truly on the brink of stardom with this money, and it’ll be important that they do so.