The outbreak of the coronavirus has not only suddenly stopped the 2019-20 NBA season, but it also has generated plenty of issues if and when the campaign will resume. The Golden State warriors could earn an additional $17.2 million trade exception acquired during the Andre Iguodala, only valid if the deadline to use it is delayed.
Bob Myers, President of the warriors is expecting the league to make changes to this deadline, so it can be used in free agency.
Initially, the trade deadline was meant to expire July 7th, however, due to the delay caused by the coronavirus, the league may allow the deadline to be pushed to a more reasonable one.
“I don’t know this, but maybe similar to a post-lockout moratorium period where you’re kind of hit with these dates,” said Myers in a conference call with reporters, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I think it will crunch everything into a tighter space. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes when you’re forced to make decisions in a five-day window instead of a three-week window, it’s still possible to do. It just has to be done faster.
“Me personally, I’m not crying about free agency or the draft or whatever happens right now. Maybe I’ll get there. Probably will. But right now it’s more about let’s just stay healthy, let’s try to do the right thing, try to remember our place in all this. And when the work deadlines come, and we’re told we can do what we do, we don’t complain about that, either.”
There is a certain amount of dates being moved to accommodate delays in business operations which puts the Warriors at a convenient spot.
While there aren’t expected to be any permanent changes to the CBA, sources said there will be transition rules for transactions, similar to the ones that were instituted following the 2011 lockout. For example, teams with traded player exceptions that expired during the lockout period saw those expiration dates bumped back.
Iguodala’s trade exception is quite hefty, and the Warriors could be looking forward to using that in free agency after playing with a roster full of G League and free-agent talent in 2019-20.
Golden State hasn’t been shy of making big trades, and they’re expected to make moves in the summer, including a thorough draft process that could decide if they could re-ignite their glorious years.