The Golden State Warriors can offer a place of redemption for free agents who have been deemed useless to the rest of the NBA.
Injuries may have kept the Golden State Warriors dormant this season but there is no doubt that the franchise will come roaring back next year with a healthy core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. The only thing holding them back from being truly frightening is their lack of depth, which will be addressed in the offseason as the front office has three valuable tools to add additional talent.
Along with their upcoming draft pick, the Warriors have two cap exceptions that will allow them to open up some financial space to acquire more players. The only problem is, even their biggest exception (their trade exception) is worth only $17 million dollars. This puts a hard cap on the number of talented players the franchise can realistically target in the offseason.
However, there is still hope. The Warriors will now become a safe haven for players who are begging for a second chance in the NBA. Andrew Wiggins is perhaps their most notable player that fits this mold, hoping to redeem himself after a few underwhelming seasons in Minnesota.
Much like Wiggins, there are plenty of guys across the league who have felt they have more to offer. Sometimes, players underperform simply because of the team they are on. For example, look at how much more productive Marquese Chriss has been since joining a better environment in Golden State.
Golden State will want to replicate this success with someone new in free agency. Players such as Jabari Parker, Josh Jackson, Andre Roberson and Jordan Clarkson could all benefit the Warriors in certain ways if they took advantage of this great opportunity the Dubs are offering.
While the front office will look hard for experienced veteran players that can be trusted to play big minutes, there is a chance they have no other option but to target one of these unproven candidates for redemption. Their mid-level exception is only worth around $6 million dollars, meaning they won’t have enough cap space to swing for a more valuable player.
Fortunately, the Dubs might be the best landing spot available for players looking to clean their reputation. The Warriors operate within a championship culture that has already helped players such as Chriss, maybe they can aid another free agent this year.