Warriors likely to keep final roster spots open for financial flexibility

The Warriors have made all of their free-agent and draft signings official by Thursday, and technically they could still do more.

It appears unlikely, though. The Warriors plan to keep their 15th and final regular-season spot open both to trim salary and maximize roster flexibility in case they want to sign a training camp invitee or acquire an additional player in a mid-season trade. The Warriors will likely keep the final roster spot open for a two-way contract for the same reason. Those players can spend up to 45 days with the Warriors, while spending the rest of their time with the Warriors’ G-League team in Santa Cruz.

So here is where things stand. The Warriors’ backcourt features Stephen Curry, D’Angelo Russell, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole and Jacob Evans. The Warriors have various wing players in Alfonzo McKinnie, Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks. They have plenty of front-court depth, including Draymond Green, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kevon Looney, Omari Spellman, Eric Pascall and Alen Smailagic. They also have Ky Bowman on a two-way contract.

The Warriors acquired Julian Washburn from Memphis as part of the Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies, a move that was done mostly to shed salary and land a $17.2 million trade exception that can be used only on July 6, 2020. But Washburn is expected to be a training camp invitee. Most NBA teams have between 18 to 20 players on their training camp roster.

In a move that shows the Warriors’ faith in his development, Smailagic signed to a regular-season contract. It appeared possible the 18-year-old Serbian would be on a two-way contract after the Warriors drafted him at No. 39 as part of a trade to New Orleans for cash and two second-round picks (2021, 2023).

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