As the trade deadline nears, the Warriors sit at the sixth spot in the Western Conference and the possibility of making a deal gets more and more intriguing as the rumors keep flying.
The Warriors would like to get under the luxury tax — which would require trading some of their minimum contracts — but owner Joe Lacob says that it isn’t a necessity.
“Sure, in a perfect world we would like to be under the tax now. But it is not an imperative,” he said in an email to Tim Kawakami.
“We need to see this team perform as a group over an extended period,” he continued. “We have a nice mix of younger veterans and youth. We now have size and great shooting and depth. We have an excellent coaching staff and a very good locker room with guys that care, want to win and genuinely like each other.”
Lacob also commented on the upcoming deadline, saying that he isn’t afraid to make a deal should the right one come along.
“We want to be great and being great means taking risks at the appropriate time,” he said. “We will not hesitate to pull the trigger if it means getting better.”
Players the Warriors have been linked to in recent days include Eric Gordon, Andrea Bargnani, and Josh Smith. Will one of them be wearing a Warrior jersey in two days?