A primer on the Golden State Warriors hard cap situation

The Golden State Warriors are lacking healthy centers before the season starts, as Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot), Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Alen Smailagic (ankle) are out with injuries.

But if the Warriors still need an extra center when spring comes, there are some options they could explore.

Per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, the Warriors currently are $407,257 below the NBA’s hard cap; the league’s hard cap is $138,928,000.

The Warriors have the 15th roster spot open, but they aren’t able to sign anyone to a minimum deal because they would go over the hard cap. With the Warriors needing centers, Marquese Chriss was invited to training camp, and according to Slater, he did well in his first week.

Still, the Warriors don’t have much choice but to leave that spot open for now, even with Chriss being a viable option. For the Warriors to bring on Chriss, they would have to move someone off the roster.

Alfonzo McKinnie has a non-guaranteed contract until Jan. 7, but the Warriors need small forwards as much as they need bigs.

March could be the best time for the Warriors to fill that 15th roster spot.They’d be able to sign a player to a minimum deal on March 3, not too long after the trade deadline and when players who have been bought out are looking for places to play.

Whether a center or wing is available, the Warriors could come up on a valuable player, especially if they have a shot at being in the playoffs.

Klay Thompson will be out at least until the All-Star break, but he could be back sometime in March. If the Warriors acquire a quality player for their rotation in March, along with Thompson’s potential return, then they could have a strong push near the end of the regular season.

For now, though, with the way their salary cap situation is set, the Warriors will likely just have to work with their current roster as it is.

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