The Warriors have 13 players with guaranteed contracts for the 2021-22 season.
And it’s very safe to assume that Damion Lee — whose deal does not become fully guaranteed until early January — will be on the Opening Night roster.
So who gets the 15th and final spot?
As we discussed in this space Friday shortly after Andre Iguodala announced he is signing with Golden State, the most-likely outcome is the Warriors either leave it open entirely or give it to someone on a non-guaranteed basis.
This would provide the flexibility to sign a veteran in the buyout market, while saving the franchise a good amount of money when it comes to the luxury tax bill.
But what if Dennis Schröder — who remains a free agent and almost assuredly is not going to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers — wants to join the Warriors via the taxpayer mid-level exception?
The 27-year-old averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals last season, and would give the Warriors a dynamic playmaker off the bench.
But the chances of Schröder rocking a Dubs uniform next season are very slim, as he should be able to land a bigger contract and a larger role elsewhere.
What about Paul Millsap? Conventional wisdom suggests the only way the 36-year-old signs with Golden State is if he agrees to take a veteran’s minimum. And that probably won’t happen.
So barring something unforeseen, it sure seems like free agency for the Warriors has come to an end.
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