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Rumor: Warriors would love to trade for Joe Ingles, but there’s a catch

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The Golden State Warriors are desperately hoping to upgrade their roster with veteran talent in free agency. The Warriors have missed on some targets, but they did get Otto Porter Jr. and are hoping to get Patty Mills. Another veteran the Dubs would like to get their hands on is Mills’ Aussie teammate, Joe Ingles, if he’s actually available in a trade from the Utah Jazz.

However, there are complications when it comes to the Warriors acquiring Ingles. The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson’s II has the details:

If Jazz forward Joe Ingles is indeed available for trade, sources say the Warriors do have interest — just no good way to get him. … But acquiring his $13 million expiring contract is difficult. The Warriors would have to send out $10.4 million in salary to make the deal work. … The most viable option to get Ingles is to see where Oubre Jr. signs and try to convert it into a sign-and-trade. In that scenario, the Warriors would get a traded player exception in exchange for Oubre and they could use that exception to get Ingles, if he is available. But that’s adding $13 million (plus the repeater tax) to what is already the league’s highest payroll.

There have been some rumblings about Ingles’ potential trade availability, but it’s unclear how serious the Jazz are about moving him. He would be a real nice fit with the Warriors thanks to his shooting and playmaking ability, but again, it’s complicated when it comes to actually making a deal work.

The 33-year-old averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.1% on 3-pointers this past season. Ingles is a career 41.4% shooter from distance. Even with Stephen Curry going nuclear last season, the Warriors weren’t all that great offensively as a team, so getting Ingles would help.

We’ll see if anything comes to fruition.