The NBA’s trade deadline is just around the corner, but don’t expect the Golden State Warriors to be too active. Coach Steve Kerr addressed the February 7 deadline at Monday’s practice, and essentially admitted that the pressure to get better is on other teams, not on Golden State.
Steve Kerr on the Feb. 7 trade deadline: “That’s everybody else’s problem.” pic.twitter.com/1FCHaRsPrV— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 4, 2019
“The sense in here is ‘that’s everybody else’s problem’,” Kerr said when asked about the upcoming deadline. “We’re in a different position where we have our team. We have an empty roster spot, so we might add somebody, but I think the chances of us making a trade are highly unlikely.”
General Manager Bob Myers echoed the sentiment, while leaving the door open for something to happen.
Bob Myers on the trade deadline/buyout season from a Warriors perspective pic.twitter.com/xbpYwTojJb— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 4, 2019
“I don’t think any [team is] inactive,” Myers said at practice. “I think every year you kind of have a guess of what you might do or might not do - and usually you’re wrong. . . The good news is we’re pretty healthy, we know who we are. I don’t expect any big changes, but we’ll see. You never know.”
While suggesting that the team won’t get involved at the deadline, Myers was candid about the team pursuing buyout candidates. He wouldn’t commit to whether the team will target a wing or a center, saying that their moves will largely be predicated on who is available, and they won’t know who is until the deadline passes.
So you can expect the Warriors to add a player in the coming weeks. Just don’t expect them to get rid of one in the process.
Here’s the Warriors roster heading into deadline week. As a reminder, team’s are allowed 15 roster spots, in addition to two two-way contracts. 13 players can be active on any given night, and two-way contracts have to be converted to guaranteed contracts before the season ends if the team wishes to use them in the playoffs. All buyout candidates must be waived from their previous team by March 1.
Roster spots (14)
Jacob Evans III
Two-way contracts (2)