Two trades that went relatively under-the-radar in the hullaballoo of the NBA Trade Deadline both involved the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors shipped Jeremy Tyler to the Atlanta Hawks and Charles Jenkins to the Philadelphia 76ers and received a second-round draft pick in return for each player.
The move is largely regarded as a way to dump salary to get under the luxury tax threshold. Coming into the day, Golden State was $1.2 million over the mark, but saved $1.5 million with the two trades, meaning they won’t be penalized by the luxury tax.
Neither Tyler nor Jenkins had seen much of the floor for Golden State this season. Jenkins had played in 47 games for the Warriors, but was averaging just 6.2 minutes per game. Tyler had played in only 20 games, averaging just 3.2 minutes per game.
However, both players were extremely young, with Tyler being only 21 years old and Jenkins being only 23 years old. It’s a shame that they Warriors team had to part with young talent like that, but it appears they viewed staying under the luxury tax as a higher priority.
One of the reasons for that is the Warriors are one of the youngest teams in the league. They have only one player on their active roster that is over 30 years old, the little-used Richard Jefferson. They already have a ton of young talent that has shown more promise and developed more than Jenkins or Tyler had.
Moreover, they did get two draft picks out of the deal, even if they are second-round picks. The Warriors have drafted solidly in the past couple of years, grabbing guys like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes in the first rounds of the 2011 and 2012 drafts and selecting the promising Draymond Green in the second round of the 2012 draft.
On the surface, it may seem like the Warriors were forced to part ways with two young players that are still developing to save money, but it’s also a distinct possibility that they think they’ll be just fine without those two players and can grow further with more draft picks and the youthful roster they still have in-tact.