Warriors poised for major free agency splash after 2013-'14 season?

Warriors poised for major free agency splash after 2013-'14 season?
May 29, 2013, 10:15 am
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Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are three players who could be looking a new team after next season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The way the salaries are stacked, the Warriors are due for a big offseason of spending after this coming year.

With Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson -- wisely -- opting into their player options worth $9 and $11.046 million, respectively, the Warriors will have at least $20 million coming off the books after the 2013-'14 season. And that doesn't include Andrew Bogut's $14.2 million expiring contract.

[RELATED: Biedrins opts in | Jefferson opts in]

Golden State doesn't have a ton of salary cap flexibility this offseason, with only Jarrett Jack's $5.58 million contract gone.

When Joe Lacob first purchased the Warriors, he wanted to make a big splash and be bold and aggressive in his overhaul of the team. After the upcoming 2013-'14 NBA season, he should get his chance -- the Warriors could be looking at a big cash surplus. 

No matter what Carl Landry and Brandon Rush decide to do with their $4 million player options this offseason, the Warriors will have freed up $34.246 million between Bogut, Jefferson and Biedrins alone. 

Here is a list of the players whose contracts expire after the 2013-'14 season, making them free agents when the Warriors get their spending money:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
LeBron James
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Dwyane Wade
Tim Duncan
Pau Gasol
Paul Pierce
Dirk Nowitzki
Luol Deng
Danny Granger
Zach Randolph
Chris Bosh
Amar'e Stoudemire
Andrea Bargnani
Rudy Gay
Jason Richardson

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Paul George
John Wall
DeMarcus Cousins
Derrick Favors
Greg Monroe
Lance Stephenson
Ekpe Udoh

These decisions will impact the shape of the Warriors franchise for years to come. How do you think Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the Warriors brass should play it?

 

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