4. Warriors take advantage of Timberwolves' spending crunch
Minnesota is off to a hot start and wants to jump into title contention this season, but their spending is quickly becoming a concern. With raises for Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Jaden McDaniels in 2024-25, they have $185.3 million committed to eight players. They will be over the second tax apron by the time they acquire a point guard and fill out their roster.
The Timberwolves have never been significant spenders and are unlikely to be under their new ownership group. Minnesota will have difficult decisions to make on their roster before the trade deadline, including what to do with Kyle Anderson and his $9.2 million expiring contract.
Slo Mo may not be the perfect fit in Golden State, but he is a 6’9 forward who can make plays and defend multiple positions. The Warriors may be able to convince Minnesota to part ways with the veteran if they offer their 2028 first-round pick.
This would add another $0.5 million to the Dubs’ payroll and significantly more in luxury tax penalties. It would certainly be a risk, but one that gives them needed size. Losing GPII’s defense could sting, but Anderson should be able to play more and provide a larger impact.
This may not be the perfect move for the Dubs, but it is one worth exploring. Golden State may search for a bigger name, but that likely means parting with a future Hall of Famer.