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Report: Warriors looking to make trade to bolster bench

Feb 12, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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Warriors owner Joe Lacob has made it clear: The organization’s goal for this season was a top four seed in the West and home court in the first round of the playoffs. At 31-21, the Warriors are the six seed currently but are closer to Memphis in the nine seed out of the playoffs (2.5 games) than they are to the four seed Clippers (4 games).

Part of the reason the Warriors have not reached their goal is their bench. When the Warriors’ starting five are healthy and on the court (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut) they have an offensive rating of 112.8 and outscore teams by 16.5 points per 100 possessions — that’s the highest point differential of any lineup that has played at least 200 minutes in the league. It’s better than the Pacers’ starting five.

But get into Golden State’s bench and things drop off. Fast sometimes.

Which has the Warriors active on the trade market looking for depth, reports Sam Amick at the USA Today.

According to a person with knowledge of the Warriors’ situation, Golden State is on the lookout for bench help and is hoping to use its trade exceptions as a way to facilitate such a deal that would likely need to involve three teams…

The Warriors have two sizable trade exceptions ($9 million and $4 million) that don’t expire until next summer, as well as two smaller exceptions (approximately $780,000) that expire on Feb. 17….

As for the possibility of a bigger deal being done before the deadline, rival executives told that anyone outside of point guard Stephen Curry and center Andrew Bogut is, to varying degrees, up for discussion. That includes second-year small forward Harrison Barnes, the Warriors reserve who is known to have sparked serious interest from a long list of suitors but who is unlikely to be traded unless it was part of a package for a big-name player. Even with Barnes’ struggles (he shot 33.7% from the field in January while averaging 6.9 points per game), he still has no shortage of fans within the organization.

A trade exception means Golden State can take on salary without sending salary back — if you’re a team looking to shed salary Golden State is your call. But the Warriors are $2.5 million under the tax line and not looking to go over it, so if they make a big move it would be a trade. And yes, Thompson and Barnes are available because both are going to have to get paid in a couple years and Golden State is already committed with a lot of cash to Curry, Lee and Bogut.

Remember last season’s playoff run for Golden State, Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry played well off the Warriors’ bench. The Warriors miss what those two bring and a deal to get Jordan Crawford helps but is not the answer.

It’s going to be hard to replace that level of production, but in a league of sellers the Warriors are looking to be buyers at the deadline. Keep an eye on them.

  1. jburk003 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    They need it. Jarrett Jack and Landry off the bench were the difference between this year and last year.

    No team had two bench players that could cover BOTH Landry and Jack. Maybe one could be stopped, but no team had 2 better players coming off the bench than Landry and Jack last year.

  2. themagicfanguy - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Perhaps Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis, Jason Maxiel, Andrew Nicholson, or maybe even Afflalo? I’m sure one or more of them could be good role players for GS.

    • sumkat - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Only one anybody would want if Afflalo, and you will get pennies on the dollar because of his contract (Plus he’s not what GS needs). If they make a move, especially is they move Barnes, it will be for guys they know can play the roles they want. Not guys they hope can play the role they want.

      They’ll be looking for guys who can put up numbers without plays being called for them. Nobody on that list really jumps out to me in that way.

  3. lakerade - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Wow, Klay and Barnes available? That’s gotta be news to Warriors fans.

  4. jbusch415 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    cmon Dumars, Monroe for Klay

    • starvingardens - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      I couldn’t agree with this more!!!!

    • Eric Chase. - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      They’d more likely do something for Stuckey.

  5. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    KLay?! Available. Just remember what he did against the Spurs in the playoffs. Barnes ok but Klay? No way he should be traded.

  6. tcclark - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Thaddeus Young is exactly what they are looking for as long as they’re willing to go over the tax. He is a former 6th man of the year runner up and is dynamic off the bench. He would fit extremely well into the system because he runs well and has developed a three ball. He has experience playing with both Iguodala and Speights, and has a contract that would fit perfectly with that nine million dollar trade exception.

    Unfortunately, the Warriors don’t have a single draft pick this year, they can’t trade their first rounder next year, and I don’t know if the Sixers would want Harrison Barnes.

  7. zzztknk - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I think the Warriors should pick up Evan Turner and let him run PG behind Curry. Warriors missing piece is 2nd string PG. I would even let Draymond Green run 2nd string PG, Draymond would do better Crawford, Crawford is more of a shooting guard.

    Maybe Jameer Nelson if the luxury tax is not too much.

  8. ufools - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Maybe just keep the roster and give a big envelope to the refs……that’s the only way they go deep in the playoffs.

  9. chicagocane - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    The Bulls are looking to move Dunleavy…
    clear space for next year. Good fit?

    • anhdazman - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:36 AM

      Bulls…Dunleavy? You got to be kidding right. We traded that bag of trash to the Bucks. Why in the world would we want him back.

  10. coachjac30 - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    Celtics trade Green, Bradley and their 2014 1st for Barnes, Thompson, Speights and Kuzmic

  11. campcouch - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    Latrell Sprewell

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