Hypothetical Dennis Schröder-to-Warriors trade posed by Bill Simmons

Drew Shiller
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Hypothetical Schröder-to-Warriors trade posed by Bill Simmons originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors possess a $17.2 million traded player exception, which is a pretty valuable tool for acquiring a player (or players).

The problem is that the financial consequences from the coronavirus pandemic have made it so there is a chance Golden State doesn't use any of it, because doing so could add tens of millions to the franchise's luxury tax bill.

"One thing I've learned with Joe [Lacob] is you never say no, you never say never," Steve Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami earlier this month. "Joe is so competitive and constantly is putting his money where his mouth is because he wants to win so badly. And he knows that we're in the midst of a run that can continue. So I don't put anything past Joe.

"I just think that realistically, we've lost so much revenue and we aren't guaranteed anything next year, it's hard to come out and say, 'Yeah, we're gonna use that thing.' It would probably have to be something really special."

Does Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schröder fall into that "really" special category? We ask that question because The Ringer's Bill Simmons on his podcast Wednesday posed a trade in which Schröder joins the Warriors in exchange for Eric Paschall and two future second-round picks.

"If you're Golden State you're like, 'Wow, we could get a top-seven piece for our rotation. But his salary is $15.5 million -- and then on top of it all the tax implications -- and we have to pay our No. 2 [draft] pick ...' 

"I'll be interested to see if they do something like that."

Schröder had a fantastic 2019-20 season, averaging 18.9 points and 4.0 assists over 65 games, while shooting 47 percent overall and nearly 39 percent from 3-point range. The 27-year-old finished runner-up to Montrezl Harrell in NBA Sixth Man of the Year voting.

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But Golden State's front office might not be interested in this hypothetical transaction for reasons that go beyond the dollars and cents, mainly that Paschall -- who is under contract for the next two seasons at a team-friendly $1.5 million and $1.8 million respectively -- has a very bright future.

The Warriors expect the First-Team All-Rookie selection to be a vital rotation piece, as they need his versatility and athleticism on the wing. The soon-to-be 24-year-old averaged 19.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists over Golden State's final seven games.

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"He's one of the crucial young pieces that we have going forward," Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami earlier this month. "We're still relatively thin in terms of proven depth, so we really need Eric to emerge as a consistent wing for us -- kind of a 3/4 player who can guard multiple spots, and provide the type of offense and power that he gave us this past year.

"We're hopeful that he's gonna become one of our key guys next season."

Additionally, the Warriors own the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 second-round pick, which will be quite valuable (early 30s) if the T-Wolves are very bad next season. And if the Thunder demand that asset in the deal, president of basketball operations Bob Myers might respond with, "Thanks, but no thanks."

Stay tuned.

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