As a result, it's difficult for teams to forecast their spending capabilities.
Has Warriors owner Joe Lacob given general manager Bob Myers any financial limits as it pertains to improving the roster this offseason?
"Not that I've heard, but I haven't been given approval either," Myers said Wednesday on "The TK Show" podcast with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "He's hyper-competitive and hyper-successful, and wants to win -- win at all costs. I'm a fortunate executive where the owner is motivated by winning more than anything. So based on that history, we're always gonna be aggressive.
"But without knowing the economic variables that are gonna be there, it's hard for me to say unequivocally what direction we'll go. That should appear obvious. But I should make sure it's known.
"In a regular year, I could say with more confidence that we would be very, very aggressive. And that's not to say we won't. But I don't know. It just depends. Joe always tilts towards winning, but there's always an economic bend to everything we do."
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Lacob and Myers made similar comments back in April and June, respectively, which shows how their message has remained consistent.
Furthermore, it is fair to assume that the financial landscape will not be as bleak if the league is able to successfully get to the finish line in the Orlando bubble. If there is a full slate of playoff games -- culminating in an NBA Finals series -- that will mean a greater influx of revenue to share. And it's reasonable to believe that will impact the Warriors' budget to some degree.
Then again, other variables are at play, such as the franchise reportedly exploring loan options to deal with any fiscal ramifications.
As executive vice president of basketball operations Kirk Lacob noted two weeks ago on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast, the Warriors have "a lot of ammo" at their disposal to put the team in position to contend for the NBA title next season and beyond.
They possess the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, a very valuable top-three protected 2021 first-round selection from the Minnesota Timberwolves (and Minny's 2021 second-rounder), a $17.2 million traded player exception and the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception.
Cashing in on all of those assets will be very expensive, however.
So just to clarify -- Lacob has not flat-out mandated anything at this point?
"I've been told what I just tried to convey, which is: 'Let's be aggressive, but let's understand it might be a different economic picture.' Take what you will from that," Myers said "You never know what's gonna come up. Free agency this year -- who knows how it plays out.
"It'll be more different than it's ever been. And we've never had more uncertainty than we're having going into this offseason -- as a league."
Bob Myers provides update on Warriors' spending ability in free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area