Feb 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) passes the ball to point guard Stephen Curry (30) against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-80. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors looking to use trade exception at deadline


The Golden State Warriors got off to a great start this season after becoming the hot team to watch in the postseason last year. But 2014 has been unkind to the Warriors who are having a bit of a rough start to the new year. Nevertheless, Golden State is 31-21 and just four games behind the Clippers for the Pacific Division lead.

It’s this reason that the team is looking to go out and make a trade at the deadline by either trading away a star or using their trade exception. The team seems open to trading everyone except Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut, but Sam Amick from USA Today suggests that using a trade exception may be the most likely option for Golden State.

The Warriors have two sizable trade exceptions ($9 million and $4 million) that don’t expire until next summer, as well as two smaller exceptions (approximately $780,000) that expire on Feb. 17.

The team isn’t guaranteed to make a move, but it appears they want either depth on the bench or another veteran starter to come in and help. Bench depth is more likely and the trade exception very well could be used by the deadline.

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