How Golden State can afford KD

The Vertical
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The Golden State Warriors, currently with no cap space, need to create room to sign Kevin Durant, who agreed to join the franchise Monday.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are likely untouchable, but the Warriors do have decisions to make on the value of cap space vs. their own free agents. Key rotational player Andre Iguodala appears to be a part of the plan going forward, but the Warriors are workng on a deal to move center Andrew Bogut.

Here are the moves the Warriors need to make to fit Durant:

1. Trade Bogut’s contract to the Dallas Mavericks.

2. Renounce the unrestricted free-agent holds of Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Ian Clark, James McAdoo, Brandon Rush and Anderson Varejao.

3. Withdraw the qualifying offers and renounce the cap holds of Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli.

The moves would leave Golden State with $26.6 million in cap space to sign Durant to a max contract.

However, doing so would leave the Warriors with only the minimum and room mid-level ($2.9 million) to fill out their roster.

Warriors' financial picture

Player

 

    2016

Kevin Durant

 

    $26,500,100

Klay Thompson

 

    $16,663,575

Draymond Green

 

    $15,330,435

Stephen Curry

 

    $12,112,359

Andre Iguodala

 

    $11,131,368

Kevon Looney

 

    $1,182,840

Shaun Livingston

 

    $5,782,450

Damian Jones

Draft pick

    $976,300

Jason Thompson

Waiver

    $945,126

Salary table

 

    2016

Guaranteed salaries

 

    $88,703,127

Dead money

 

    $945,126

Non-guaranteed

 

    0

Tax variance

 

    0

Free-agent cap holds

 

    $976,300

Incomplete roster charge

 

    $2,173,884

Salaries: cap

 

    $92,798,437

Salaries: tax

 

    $92,798,437

Salary cap

 

    $94,143,000

Luxury tax

 

    $113,287,000

Cap space

 

    $1,344,563

Tax room

 

    $20,488,563

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