Myers: 'We're going to sign a player'

July 11, 2012, 1:51 am
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Warriors general manager Bob Myers realizes that his teams fans are getting itchy. The free-agent moratorium period is almost over, as teams can officially sign players on Wednesday, and yet the Warriors dont have anything tangible to show.That will change, its just a matter of when.Were going to sign a player, but its got to be right for us, the right kind of player and at a position where we need help, Myers told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.REWIND: Free-agent guards for Warriors to consider
Earlier in the day, the Warriors made a move that will give them a little more money for them in free agency. By agreeing to trade Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers for Edin Bavcic and a 4.1 million trade exception, the team freed up Wrights salary which should help in the coming weeks.Heading into free agency, the Warriors were over the salary cap, but they were under the luxury tax by approximately 3 or 4 million. Myers indicated last week that the team was unlikely to use all of their mid-level exception worth approximately 5 million because it would have put the team into the tax area.REWIND: Free agents for Warriors to consider
Now, with Wright off the books, the Warriors could use all their mid-level exception on one or more players without eclipsing the luxury tax, which the NBA announced will be 70.307 million for the 2012-2013 season.Our plan in free agency was that we have the mid-level at our disposal as well as the bi-annual, Myers said. Our plan is to be aggressive, find players who can help this team win. At the same time, you have to balance that with being prudent. You have to be cautious how you spend. But were willing to spend if its a difference-maker.Myers said the team is unlikely to enter into the luxury tax area this summer, although it could happen down the line.If we felt a player was a difference-maker and moves the needle for us, we would spend and possibly spend into the tax, Myers said. but only if the player were targeting helps us in a meaningful way.REWIND: As free agency begins, 10 names for Warriors to consider
Myers also maintained that one of the teams big priorities this offseason is re-signing Brandon Rush, a restricted free agent. The Warriors have the right to match any offer another team makes for Rush and keep him.The trading of Wright also gives the Warriors more flexibility in terms of matching an offer he might receive.We can make signings independent of Brandon, but were keeping an eye on Brandon, Myers said. But we can sign players and certainly retain Brandon. Were going to move forward, but at the same time well budget whats appropriate. But we have the ability to be aggressive with our mid-level exception and bi-annual exception and keep Brandon.

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