The elephant in the room is that we don't know how the new CBA will look. That said let's take a look at how the key players in the upcoming free agency market are positioned.
*note all salary numbers are from the team salary database located at www.shamsports.com
On the books: $43,422,824
The Warriors have 8 players on the books for next year with total salary commitments of $43,422,824
Player options/Early termination options: $6,502,920
Charlie Bell $4,099,920
Louis Amundson $2,403,000
Restricted Free Agents:
Unrestricted Free Agents:
2011 Draft picks:
11th and 43rd overall
$2,000,000 A. Morrow
$1,800,000 C. Watson
Unless Charlie Bell or Louis Amundson walk a way from the last year of their respective deals the Warriors will have just under $50,000,000 committed prior to signing their draft picks. The 11th pick will get a salary of between 80-120% of $1,827,400. It's almost certain the rookie would be signed for 120% at this is standard practice. So with their 11th pick signed and Bell and Amundson playing out their contracts the Warriors would have 11 players on the books for a total of $52,118,624. They could free up another million and a half by waiving their unguaranteed players, but would face cap-hold nearly as large as these contracts until they reach the 12 player roster minimum. Based on the current CBA the Warriors would have some room to pursue a quality FA, but they would not be in a position to "throw money at" Nene, Jordan, Gasol etc. If the Warriors do want to become major players in this upcoming free agent market they will need a salary dump. I have a hard time believing they find a taker for Biedrins. Similarly David Lee's a talented player, but with roughly $69 million left over the next 5 years of his deal I would amazed to see him moved this off season. That leaves Ellis and Wright as I assume there is no chance either Curry or Udoh would be considered for a salary dump. Wright started and played well for the Warriors and is a bargain at his under $4 million. Ellis has been the Warriors fringe all-star and one of the fan favorites, but it comes to this: if the Warriors want to make a major play for one the free agent centers available this year they will likely have to part with Ellis in a salary dump for younger cheaper talent. Free agency outlook for the Warriors is solid for mid-level players unless they shake things up.