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With the Warriors financial status heading into the offseason, do you think we can resign Landry and Jack or make a move in FA to replace one or the other?
This is the single most important question right now for the Warriors, and I cannot give a definite answer for any one to go by. Let me lay out the facts real quick:
Jarrett Jack was worth $5.58M. He came to Golden State via a three-team trade that sent away Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers. He has expressed his desires to remain with the team, but he has chosen to test out free agency due to reports that he will be worth a lot more money to teams in need of a reliable point guard.
Carl Landry came to Golden State via the free agency pool and signed with the team for $4M and a player option worth the same amount of money. If Landry does not opt for his player option next season by June 30th, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
So I don’t mean to be smartass, but we actually CAN resign both Landry and Jack…it just requires the team to venture into luxury tax territory.
The reason why we actually wish to avoid that is because we spent all that time during the trade deadline this past season desperately trying to make deals that would bring us under the luxury tax line. We did, in fact, get under the tax by dealing away Charles Jenkins to the 76ers and Jeremy Tyler (who was waived and now plays for our D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz) to the Atlanta Hawks. In return, we got two 2nd round draft picks, both of which I cannot put a timestamp on.
There is no consensus as to what we should do with Jack or Landry: some say that we should go into the luxury tax and resign both of them; others say we should only resign one or the other…
…then there are those who say we should resign neither of them and save money to acquire Dwight Howard via sign-and-trade. Howard, according to Slam Online (among other sources), has put the Warriors down as one of the places he would like to play for now that he is an unrestricted free agent. This would put us into the luxury tax without a doubt, and we may end up being repeat-offenders of the luxury tax which result in more financial penalties.
Personally, I’d make a move for Andre Iguodala to replace Jarrett Jack, adding a sizable ball handler, facilitator, slasher, and defender. The only other move I’d make is for Andre Blatche, adding some post offense/defense.
Greg will be doing an in-depth report regarding the Dwightmare, and Mike will be doing another in-depth report regarding our financial situation and free agency options.
Curry would have been proud of that 3 from Paul George…
Amazing play to tie the game and force overtime!