The Warriors, as they stand now, are poised to enter the season with exactly two NBA quality large people on the roster. For a team who has secret, hushed hopes of the playoffs, that absolutely will not do. Unfortunately, due to the looming luxury tax, the only thing available to the Warriors is the partial MLE, and as Poe said (I'm paraphrasing): the partial MLE does not a good player get.
Stay with me here.
So, what do? Well, the common thought is to swing Dorell Wright for some big man help, but I'm not sure that Wright will bring back anyone much better than what's already available for the partial MLE (read: not much). What I'm positing is this: rescind the qualifying offer to Brandon Rush, and use that extra headroom under the tax threshold to sign a quality, rotation big for the full MLE.
Brandon Rush, by virtue of playing over 1,610 minutes last season (thanks, ShamSports), is due for a slot increase in his qualifying offer, pushing it up to $4.3M. It's not a bank-breaking number, but considering that's as low as it can possibly be, and that there are a glut of wings to soak up minutes at the 2/3 (Klay, Barnes, RJ and Dorell are more than enough to play those minutes), it makes sense to consider letting Rush walk if the right target presents itself.
He had the best season of his life last year, true, but was his success sustainable? A lot (read: almost all) of his value is tied up in his ability to hit a reasonably high volume of threes at a high rate, and last year he was over 45%, a fantastic number. Unfortunately, it also seems like a rather unsustainable one. Since 2000-01, only Ray Allen, Steve Nash, and the indomitable Anthony Morrow have shot over 44% from three in consecutive seasons on a decent number of attempts (at least 180). That said, even if his percentages do stay sky high, I'm not entirely sure he's more important to this team than a rotation-quality big.
Now, I have no idea if there even is a decent big available for the full MLE (contracts seem to be a bit ridiculous at the moment; so much for the new CBA calming people down, eh), but if there is, I think rescinding the QO to Rush is an option BobCo. should examine.