There are seven NBA teams that have never had a luxury tax payment since it came into existence with the 1999 collective bargaining agreement.
James Harden, Serge Ibaka
The Bulls, Warriors, Clippers, Wizards, Bobcats, Hornets and Sonics/Thunder have always been on the receiving end of tax distributions.
While the Clippers, Wizards and Hornets have taken on salary during the 2012 offseason and the Thunder face tax issues if James Harden and Serge Ibaka are signed to new deals, the Bulls and Warriors continue to be tax conscious in their decision-making.
Golden State has just one playoff appearance over that stretch.
The Bulls are open to making a trade before the draft, notably a deal including Luol Deng, according to a league source.
With roughly $56 million committed to Deng, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah, Chicago is likely looking to clear cap space because of luxury-tax concerns.
Toronto and Golden State have been mentioned as possible trade partners.
The Warriors would like to upgrade their starting small-forward spot.
Golden State reportedly would like to trade a combination of its four first-round picks for Andre Iguodala, Nicolas Batum, Luol Deng, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger or Josh Smith.
“Having four picks is a tremendous situation to be in, and I think we can do some good things with it,” general manager Bob Myers said. “We’re excited. We have a tremendous amount of assets, which puts us in good shape to explore a variety of opportunities. It’s up to us to make something of it.”
Stephen Curry will be eligible for an extension this summer, but negotiations will be potentially problematic given his inability to stay healthy this season. Curry has missed the majority of the season due to persistent ankle injuries.
“Being an injury year, you have some doubts and concerns when it comes to contract negotiations,” Curry said.
“It would be great if we met somewhere. Whether it happens or not, I want to be out here and be a part of where we’re going.”
While Curry was limited this season to 26 games, he believes the perspective from the sidelines was useful.
“Dealing with the trades we’ve had, getting all these new guys and trying to build from scratch again has made for an interesting season off the court, especially when I’m trying to become a better leader,” Curry said. “Not being able to play, you see the game differently – watching on TV on the road and watching in person at home. I’ve gotten better at being able to read things on the court.”
The Warriors dealt Monta Ellis to Milwaukee on Tuesday, but the team reportedly preferred to trade Stephen Curry.
Curry has long been thought of as the more valued asset by the Warriors.
Several teams that liked Curry in the past had changed their stance recently because of his ankle injuries.
The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to trade Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.
The Bucks will receive guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown, the person confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
Speaking before Golden State’s game at Sacramento, Ellis said he and Udoh were headed back to Oakland.
“It’s not a bad thing, man,” Ellis said. “Not at all. We are going to another team to do the same thing we love to do. I’m riding back home with him.”
According to sources with the Warriors, there is little to the trade rumors involving Monta Ellis going to the Nets for Brook Lopez.
Sources that spoke with Marcus Thompson said the Warriors would want more than Lopez in exchange for Ellis.
Golden State still believes they have a shot to acquire Dwight Howard.
Howard has made it clear that he is not interested in playing for the Warriors long-term.
Golden State Warriors center Kwame Brown is expected to miss at least three months because of a chest injury.
The Warriors announced Thursday that an MRI determined that Brown has torn his pectoralis major, the large chest muscle that attaches to his right shoulder. He will have surgery in the next few days. Brown signed a $7 million, one-year deal with the Warriors in December.
Brown was hurt in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s win over Miami on Tuesday night.
The Golden State Warriors have emerged as aggressive suitors for Dwight Howard.
Golden State management is willing to take Howard as a one-season “rental,” with the hope of selling him on signing a long-term deal before he enters free agency this summer.
Like most teams, Golden State has inquired with Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, but the Magic have yet to commit to aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard.
Kyrylo Fesenko has agreed to a one-year, $1.07 million deal with Golden State.
The Warriors signed veteran big man Kwame Brown to a one-year, $7 million deal recently but are clearly concerned about their frontcourt in the oversized Western Conference.
Fesenko — a 7-foot, 280-pound center who spent his first four seasons in Utah — was reportedly being pursued by Dallas, Miami and Toronto.