Why Warriors might save $9.3M disabled player exception for later date

With the first major wave of free agency now behind them, the Warriors’ current roster will look very similar to the one they open the 2020-21 season with. 

Of the Warriors’ 15 available roster spots, at least 13 already are spoken for, and they have a few candidates for their two two-way contracts. Barring a trade of some kind, Golden State likely would only add two more players at most, with one seeming like a far more probable outcome.

If the Warriors do add any more players in free agency, it will be done using one of three possible methods. They can sign someone to a minimum contract, use the remainder of the mid-level exception (MLE) or they can use the disable player exception (DPE) they applied for in the wake of Klay Thompson’s season-ending Achilles injury.

The Warriors very well might walk through Door No. 3. But if they do, there’s no guarantee it’ll be any time soon. In fact, there could be an advantage to saving the DPE for a later date.

With the DPE, the Warriors can sign a player to a one-year contract worth up to $9.3 million, or they can acquire a player in a trade who has one year remaining on his contract and a salary equal to or less than that amount. In surveying the current free-agent landscape, there isn’t an obvious candidate who qualifies. And of the qualifying players who they might…

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