There’s no denying the fact that Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry’s championship window is closing quickly. At 33, the former back-to-back MVP is still one of the best players in the NBA today, but it’s also true that he is already nearing the twilight of his career — if he hasn’t reached it already.
This is exactly why the Warriors have been meticulous in their moves during the offseason. In this respect, Dubs general manager Bob Myers recently revealed how the team has recently come to a decision with regard to its $6 million mid-level exception:
“I don’t think we use it,” Myers said on Thursday on 95.7 The Game’s Damon, Ratto and Kolsky, via Alex Didion of NBC Sports. “I think we tried, we put it out there for some players we thought were difference-makers. But it’s not wise, and I would almost protect Joe from himself if he said go spend it on anyone. It does cost us about $25 million to spend the $5 million, which again I laugh, I know listeners or fans don’t care about that part, but we have to.”
The Warriors could have used their MLE to sign a tested veteran to fill their final roster spot. According to Myers, they actually tried to do so. This did not materialize, though, and it looks like the Dubs do not intend to rush into anything right now:
“We have to be smart about it, we’ve got it in a buyout, I do think every year there’s players that are bought out, if you need to spend a little more money in that market, we have it for that,” Myers added. “But at this point Damon, I don’t foresee us using it as it looks right now.”
It seems Myers is hinting that the Warriors could save this exception for a midseason addition. A few big names could be bought out during the campaign, and the Dubs could use their MLE to pounce on such a scenario. This makes a lot of sense considering they should have a better feel for their roster at that point in the season, with their most glaring needs becoming more apparent.