Report: Warriors’ $17.2M trade exception expires Oct. 24

Report: Warriors’ $17.2M trade exception expires Oct. 24
There's currently an enormous cloud of uncertainty hovering over the NBA, but on Saturday, some sunshine broke through and provided the Warriors with some needed clarification. It will be a critical offseason for Golden State, and the Warriors now know what are its two most important dates. The league announced that the 2020 NBA Draft…

There’s currently an enormous cloud of uncertainty hovering over the NBA, but on Saturday, some sunshine broke through and provided the Warriors with some needed clarification.

It will be a critical offseason for Golden State, and the Warriors now know what are its two most important dates. The league announced that the 2020 NBA Draft — in which Golden State is guaranteed to have a top-five pick — will be held on Oct. 16. Additionally, free agency will begin at 3 p.m. (Pacific) on Oct. 18., with a moratorium on announcing contract agreements lasting from Oct. 19-23.

There is, however, a third crucial date for the Warriors, and they reportedly got clarification on that as well. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Golden State’s $17.2 million traded player exception (TPE) will expire on Oct. 24.

The $17.2M Golden State trade exception now expires on October 24.

— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 20, 2020

The TPE — which the Warriors received as part of the Andre Iguodala trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last summer — permits Golden State to absorb a player’s salary up to $17.2 million. It originally was scheduled to expire on July 7, but with the season calendar extended due to the coronavirus pandemic, that deadline was pushed back.

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So, the Warriors will have 36 hours after the conclusion of the free-agency moratorium in which to utilize the TPE — the same as it was with the previous deadline. They can’t announce any trades prior to that 36-hour period, though they will be able to negotiate with other teams during that time.

With the huge TPE, a top-five draft pick and reports of interest from free-agent veterans, the Warriors are going to have a lot packed into a week that, if capitalized on, could vault the franchise back into championship contention for many years to come. They have to figure out how to accomplish that, and now they know by when.

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Dragan Bender played in nine games for the Warriors during the 2019-20 NBA season, but he certainly made a good impression.

Signed to two 10-day contracts by the Warriors, the 22-year-old center averaged 9.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 21.7 minutes.

Despite the limited action, those are far and away the best numbers of Bender’s short career.

Bender showed enough during his brief audition that the Warriors would like to bring the free agent back for the 2020-21 season, NBA reporter Keith Smart reported Saturday.

Hearing Dragan Bender is a player teams have their eyes on as an “early free agent addition” for 2020-21. The idea would be to sign him now with some guaranteed money for 20-21. Teams like what the only 22-year-old (yes, really!) did with GSW. Warriors would like to keep him too.

— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 20, 2020

Of course, the Warriors will have competition for Bender’s services, Smart reported.

Bender, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, never lived up to his potential in three seasons with the Phoenix Suns. After signing with the Milwaukee Bucks last offseason, he played in seven games and was waived on Feb. 10. Two weeks later, the Warriors were able to sign Bender to his first 10-day contract.

The Warriors aren’t deep at center, with Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss as the players on the roster capable of playing heavy minutes at the position. Of course, when Golden State goes small, Draymond Green plays the five.

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Depending on what the Warriors do in the 2020 NBA Draft and in free agency, if Bender returns, he could play big minutes off the bench.

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The guarantee of a top-five pick in this year’s NBA draft has Warriors fans giddy over potentially adding one of the top prospects from the 2020 class. One name that continues to surface as a potential fit for Golden State is Iowa State point guard Tyrese Haliburton.

The 6-foot-5 Haliburton rose from a lightly-recruited three-star high school prospect into a player many consider a lock to be off the board within the first 10 picks, if not earlier. NBA.com caught up with Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm to discuss Haliburton’s future, and the 45-year-old seems to think Haliburton indeed would be an ideal selection for general manager Bob Myers in the first round.

“My son is 5, and he’s just starting to fall in love with basketball,” Prohm told NBA.com’s Chris Dortch. “He asks me all the time, ‘where will Tyrese end up? I hope he ends up with Golden State or San Antonio.’ ”

“He’d be great [for the Warriors]. He’s a ball mover, and he can play the 1, 2 or 3 at the next level. And he’s all about winning, all about doing the right things, a lot of the things I’ve read about what the Warriors do as a team.”

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Prohm has a strong reputation for coaching point guards, as Denver Nuggets floor general Monte Morris also is a product of Iowa State’s offensive system, which allows the lead guards to expand their game and work with a spaced-out half-court set, similar to how most NBA offenses operate.

Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 2019-20 with the Cyclones, while also shooting 41.9 percent from three and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line. 

Tyrese Haliburton: IA State (6’5 G)

15.2PPG/5.9RPG/6.5APG/50.4%FG

-P&R playmaker-passer

-C&S shooter with range

-Good touch around the rim

-Crafty enough to work deep into the paint

-Quality team defender w/ good instincts

-Reads & reacts quickly. Plays a step ahead @NXT1S pic.twitter.com/Dqg1rzhhN7

— Nxt1sColin (@Nxt1sColinBrown) May 22, 2020

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau reported in early June that the Warriors had Haliburton higher on their list than LaMelo Ball, who many presume to be the first point guard selected in October’s draft.

While Golden State obviously has bigger needs at the wing and inside, Haliburton could be an ideal backup point guard for Steph Curry, and has drawn plenty of fair comparisons to former key Warriors reserve Shaun Livingston.

Don’t be surprised if you see Haliburton donning a Warriors cap this fall when the 2020 NBA Draft takes place on October 16.

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