Has Warriors ownership given general manager Bob Myers the green light to be very aggressive this offseason when it comes to upgrading the roster?
Will the two-time NBA Executive of the Year be allowed to use all of the $17.2 million traded player exception and the taxpayer mid-level exception he has at his disposal?
In a nutshell — will Myers be able to spend a lot of money as he and the rest of the front office aim to get Golden State back to title contention?
“I don’t know,” Myers told reporters during a Monday afternoon conference call. “Depending on the economics, we have to be smart and pragmatic. I can only look at past history where Joe (Lacob) has always been receptive to spending if it helps us win. We’re in a very unique situation now. I have no idea what the future holds as far as some of the parameters.
“But I do know that we have an ownership group that is aggressive, and always seems to push the limits. Resources have always been a huge positive in our organization. It’s a nice thing to have. Again, I only know what I’ve seen and been around, which is we’ve been spending a lot in the past.”
Why doesn’t Myers have clarity yet? Because the NBA and the NBPA still are sorting through all of the financial ramifications and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
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There are a large number of variables to sort through, and they all will impact the salary cap and luxury tax threshold. It’s very complicated and complex, and it’s possible teams won’t have all the answers for many more weeks.
“We don’t really know what we can plan on at this point,” Lacob told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami two months ago. “We just have to look at a lot of different scenarios. That’s what we’re doing right now. It could make a huge difference, it might make no difference.”
During the middle of next season, Steph Curry will turn 33 and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will celebrate their 31st birthdays on Feb. 8 and March 4 respectively. Those three future Hall of Famers aren’t exactly young and the Warriors are in “win-now mode.”
As Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote over the weekend: “According to a league source, Golden State is unlikely to let a drop in the cap change how it approaches roster-building … even if it requires a massive luxury-tax burden, Golden State will do what it can to capitalize on the rest of its core players’ prime years.”
Over a four-season span from 2015-16 to 2018-19, the Warriors paid the luxury tax three times. They were set to be a tax team for the fourth time in five years this season — which would have triggered dreaded “repeater tax penalties” — but ducked below the tax before the trade deadline in early February.
That was done with the purpose of having more financial flexibility. Then the world was turned upside down because of COVID-19.
Myers simply is focused on what he can control, and is taking it day-by-day.
“I’m fortunate to be in the position I am in,” he said. “But I can’t fully answer what it’s gonna look like.”
Bob Myers unsure of Warriors’ ability to spend big in 2020 offseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area