NBA Roundtable

2010 Salary Cap: Golden State Warriors

In Free Agency, General NBA, Trade Talk on May 7, 2010 at 7:02 am

Golden State Warriors Salaries

Contracts above $5 million

  • Monta Ellis – $11 million
  • Corey Maggette – $9.6 million
  • Andris Biedrins – $9.0 million
  • Vladamir Radmanovic – $6.88 million

That gives us a sub-total of $36.48 million for a total of four players.

Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins each have four more seasons remaining on their contracts. Corey Maggette has three years left on his deal and Vladamir Radmanovic is entering the final season of his contract.

Rest Of Team’s Salaries

  • Ronny Turiaf – $4 million
  • Brandon Wright – $3.4 million
  • Kelenna Azubuike – $3.3 million
  • Stephen Curry – $2.91 million
  • Anthony Randolph – $1.97 million

That gives us a sub-total of $15.58 million for a group of five players.

Ronny Turiaf has two more years on his contract. Azubuike will be entering the final season of his deal while the other three are still on their rookie scale contracts. Oh, Brandon Wright is in the final year of his rookie scale deal and will be a free agent the following summer.

Others Costs

  • Draft Picks — The Warriors hold a high lottery pick and are currently slotted into the #4 selection which would come with a cap hold of around $3 million.
  • Open Roster Spots — The Warriors have ten players on their books already and since Golden State is a little under the expected cap … let’s put these final two roster spots down as rookie minimum contracts.

The gives us a sub-total of $3.95 million.

Which gives us a new total of $56.01 million.

The Cap

David Stern recently announced

NBA commissioner David Stern said on Friday that the league is projecting the cap to come in at about $56.1 million. The actual number won’t be determined until early July, before teams can begin officially signing players.

Though that figure would still be lower than this season’s $57.7 million cap, it’s far better than estimates from last summer, when the league sent a memo to teams warning them of a potential sharp drop to between $50.4 million to $53.6 million.

2010 Cap Space

Okay, so the Warriors are right around the salary cap line.

They will have the MLE available to them.

Summer Options

The Warriors have two free agents of note

  • Anthony Morrow — restricted — the Warriors are likely to match any offer Morrow is likely to receive. So put him down for anywhere between $3 million to $6 million.
  • CJ Watson — unrestricted — the Warriors decisions last off-season probably burnt their bridges with Watson. I would expect CJ to leave next summer and join a new team for a low priced contract ($1.5 to $2.5 million per annum).

The Warriors should not spend their MLE this summer. They should be cost-cutting mode and trying to reach a stage where they can rebuild properly around Stephen Curry and Anthony Randolph … but it’s doubtful that they are going to do that.

Most likely summer plan is a partial rebuilding move (trading Maggette?) but basically continuing along the same path they are already on.

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