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The NBA officially granted Golden State the $9.3 million exception with Klay Thompson out for the season.

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There is no replacing superstar Klay Thompson, but at least the Golden State Warriors have another asset to try and mitigate his loss.

The NBA granted the Dubs a $9.3 million exception because of Thompson’s injury. The Dubs have 13 of the maximum 15 rosters spots spoken for. General manager Bob Myers can either use the rest of the team’s mid-level exception or the DPE on a player who is on an expiring deal worth less than the designated amount.

Former Warrior Glenn Robinson III would have been a great option, but he signed with the Sacramento Kings.

Some of the names that are available include Wilson Chandler, Emmanuel Mudiay and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. None of them would move the needle a ton, but they would give head coach Steve Kerr some more veterans to use as part of his rotation.

Myers also has the option to wait and see who becomes available via the trade market. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Houston Rockets. If the organization does indeed move James Harden and Russell Westbrook, P.J. Tucker would be a great fit with the Dubs.

The 35-year-old is tough as nails and would bring exactly what the Warriors need. Tucker can guard multiple positions and is a reliable 3-point shooter whose expiring deal is worth just under $8 million, which fits perfectly under the DPE.

There will be some more veterans who become available as the season wears on. Golden State has two first-round selections in the 2021 NBA Draft and could use one of them to make a move. Ideally, the Warriors would keep the Minnesota Timberwolves’ top-three-protected pick and look to move their own.

Myers doesn’t have any pressure to use the DPE immediately, so this could take some time.

Who do you think is the best realistic target for the Warriors with the DPE?