NBA 2020: The Golden State Warriors’ hopes to win the championship again took a massive hit with Klay Thompson suffering a torn Achilles. He will be out for the season.
Golden State can apply for a $9.3 million injury exception to sign a player on the open market.
Warriors’ general manager Bob Myers has the $17.2 million trade exception from the Andre Iguodala deal. It will terminate on Nov. 23. Furthermore, the Dubs can use their $5.7 million mid-level exceptions to pursue free agents.
They recently brought in Kelly Oubre Jr. and Kent Bazemore.
Golden State will now apply for the Disabled Player Exception worth $9.3M.
The exception can be used to sign, trade for or claim a player to a one-year contract.
The exception expires on April 17.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 19, 2020
The Golden State Warriors found out about Thompson’s injury just hours before they selected big man James Wiseman with the second overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft.
The franchise’s vision was to return to championship competition with a core of Klay Thompson, Wiseman, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins leading the way.
Thompson’s injury is a massive setback to those plans. Klay Thompson is irreplaceable, but this gives Myers another avenue to try and add another player for the 2020-21 season.
The tentative schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs