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Golden State Warriors

What options do the Warriors have this offseason? Making sense of Golden State's 2020 free agency situation

We have a pretty good sense of what the Golden State Warriors will look like next season.

With eight players on guaranteed contracts for 2020-21, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green, the Warriors are going to be limited in how much they can do this offseason. They do, however, still have the means to make some moves depending on what they're looking to do next season.

To get a better sense of Golden State's situation entering free agency, which was originally scheduled to begin on Oct. 18 but has since been pushed back to a date still pending, here's what the Warriors have to work with.

The salary figures below are from ESPN, which are based on the salary cap being the same next season as it was this season. There's a chance the figures will be higher or lower depending on what the salary cap is set at for 2020-21.

Guaranteed salaries

Name 2020-21 salary (ESPN)
Stephen Curry $43,006,362
Klay Thompson $35,361,360
Andrew Wiggins $29,542,010
Draymond Green $22,246,956
Kevon Looney $4,821,429
Jordan Poole $2,063,280
Alen Smailagic $1,517,981
Eric Paschall $1,517,981

Player options

The Warriors have no player options for next season.

Team options

The Warriors have no team options for next season.

Free agents

The Warriors don't have any unrestricted or restricted free agents this offseason.

Non-guaranteed

Damion Lee ($1,762,796) and Marquese Chriss ($1,824,003) have partial guarantees for next season.

Ky Bowman, Juan Toscano and Mychal Mudler have non-guarantees for next season. They will each be on the books for $1,517,981 if the Warriors guarantee their contracts.

Exceptions

The Warriors will have the $5.7 million taxpayer midlevel exception available, as well as minimum exceptions to fill out their roster, per ESPN's Bobby Marks.

Cap space

The Warriors don't have the cap space to be big players in free agency, but that doesn't mean they won't make a big move this offseason.

The Warriors could use taxpayer midlevel exception to target someone in free agency or they could look to acquire someone in a trade. There could be a lot of interest in the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and the Warriors have a $17.2 million trade exception that they could use to trade for someone who could help them win now.

If the Warriors do keep their pick, they will be in the mix for LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, Killian Hayes, Deni Avdija and Obi Toppin. The No. 2 pick will have a salary of $8,730,240 next season.

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