LAS VEGAS -– As Bob Myers stood and watched the Warriors Summer League rout of the Hornets Friday night at Thomas & Mack Center, the general manager surely wished he could turn back the clock.
Turn it back far enough for LeBron James to announce his return to Cleveland on, say, on Monday or Tuesday instead of Friday morning.
That would have unlocked the free agency stall and maybe there would have been time for the Warriors to utilize the $9.8 million traded-player exception that expired Thursday night.
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"If some of those things had happened a little earlier, it might have made it easier to use our trade exception," Myers said. "Because what you find is, similar to what we went through last year with (Andre) Iguodala, when you feel like you have a good chance of signing a player and you need to move assets, you can be aggressive and do that. We had hoped that opportunity would come up with us into our exception. But unfortunately, some of the movement came today.''
Barring a sign-and-trade –- which still is a possibility –- Myers and Warriors ownership will have to fill out the roster with players willing to sign contracts at or near the minimum.
They are exploring, the GM said, all options.
"We're never really satisfied," Myer said. "We're always looking. But free agency, out of the gates you see a lot of quick signings. And then things slow down. And when it slows down, you're able to pick up some bargains.
"We've done that before, whether it was with (Carl) Landry in the past . . . even when we got Jarrett Jack. Sometimes when you wait and you're patient, things do come up. But it's hard to anticipate at this point."
Coach Steve Kerr has expressed a desire to add a stretch four to the roster, though he conceives that role could be at least partially filled by Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green.
Might the Warriors find a rangy shooter on the cheap?
"It's hard," Myers said. "There's a stretch 4 that you're trying to find. There's also wing shooters that are out there. The league is finally valuing that a little bit more than it has in the past. There are early signings that show that shooting is coming back into favor.
"We really just need some offense coming off the bench, and we think that can be expensive. But sometimes, with the specific skill of shooting, you can grab that at a bargain."
Myers also said communication lines remain open with veteran center Jermaine O'Neal, who is contemplating retirement after spending the 2013-14 season with the Warriors.
"I've talked to him a couple times," Myers said. "We keep in touch. He's still deliberating what he wants to do, and I told him we'd stay in touch as to what we want to do."