The Golden State Warriors have a busy week ahead.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks confirmed that the Dubs have until Nov. 23 to use the $17.2 million trade exception from the Andre Iguodala deal. The exception was initially scheduled to expire on July 7 but was extended due to the coronavirus altering the NBA’s calendar.
General manager Bob Myers can begin making trades when the league’s moratorium ends on Monday at 9 a.m. PT. It should be a busy week for Myers and co. Golden State holds the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, which will take place on Wednesday.
NBA free agency begins two days later on Friday at 3 p.m. PT. The Dubs have plenty to do as they try and fill in the missing pieces for a title run.
Another thing to keep an eye on is what happens with the reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks have until Dec. 21 to sign him to a supermax extension. If Antetokounmpo doesn’t sign by then expect the drama to begin.
One of the Warriors Pacific Division rivals has a deal in place. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are sending Danny Green and their 2020 first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Dennis Schroder. The deal won’t be made official until Monday.
Green signed with the Lakers before last season and never quite met expectations. The veteran averaged 8.0 points per game and shot 36.7% from beyond-the-arc. Schroder will give L.A. another playmaking option behind LeBron James. The 27-year-old put up 18.9 points and 4.0 assists per game with OKC.
The Pacific Division will have three viable title contenders this season, something you don’t see very often in the NBA. The arms race between the Warriors, Lakers and L.A. Clippers is just beginning.