Warriors getting 'a lot of calls' regarding $17.2M trade exception

Drew Shiller
·2 min read

Warriors getting 'lot of calls' regarding traded player exception originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The NBA on Monday lifted the moratorium on business transactions, which enabled teams to execute trades.

As a result, are the phones at Warriors headquarters ringing off the hook?

"Starting Sunday night -- Bob Myers, myself, Mike Dunleavy, Kirk Lacob -- were on the phone with each other (after) getting calls from different teams," Warriors assistant general manager Larry Harris said Tuesday morning on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show. "It's heated up.

"You saw some blockbuster deals that have already been announced. Some of them are shocking with the amount of picks that have been sent.

"Right now, it's heavier than I can ever remember in the past -- at the least the past four or five years. There were some talks, but nothing to the magnitude now."

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Harris then delivered a message to Warriors fans pertaining to the franchise's $17.2 million traded player exception.

"We may or may not (use it). Joe (Lacob) has not told us we couldn't, but we have to be careful of our payroll going forward," he said. "But because that number is so large, we can be a conduit for some things.

"So we're getting a lot of calls to see about three-way (trades), and (teams asking), 'Would you take this guy into that exception?'

"That actual asset has opened up conversations that we probably normally would not have gotten into."

Well, that certainly is newsworthy.

It's important to remember that Golden State in this context could end up acquiring a future draft pick, because it's safe to assume the Warriors will demand draft compensation for absorbing a contract that potentially increases their tax bill by tens of millions of dollars.

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But just because they've been getting a lot of inquiries doesn't mean they will come to an agreement.

"If there is not a great move to be made, we're not gonna go and do something just to look like we're doing something," executive vice president of basketball operations Kirk Lacob told KNBR's Mark Willard on Monday night. "It remains to be seen whether there are good moves or not out there.

"I would hope that there are. I just can't promise anything at this point."

The Warriors have until Nov. 23 to use the exception or it will expire.

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