Mock NBA expansion draft: Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Suns, Kings

The NBA season is on hiatus. NBC Sports is not – even if we have to venture into fantasy.We’re holding a mock NBA expansion draft. Keith Smith is setting protected lists for existing teams. Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman will run two new teams as this project culminates in an expansion draft.Current teams can protect up…


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on hiatus. NBC Sports is not – even if we have to venture into fantasy.” data-reactid=”19″ type=”text”>The NBA season is on hiatus. NBC Sports is not – even if we have to venture into fantasy.

Current teams can protect up to eight players. Each team must make at least one player available. If selected, restricted free agents become unrestricted free agents. Pending options can be decided before or after the expansion draft at the discretion of the option-holder. Anyone selected in the expansion draft can’t return to his prior team for one year. Players entering unrestricted free agency and players on two-way contracts are essentially ignored.” data-reactid=”21″ type=”text”>Current teams can protect up to eight players. Each team must make at least one player available. If selected, restricted free agents become unrestricted free agents. Pending options can be decided before or after the expansion draft at the discretion of the option-holder. Anyone selected in the expansion draft can’t return to his prior team for one year. Players entering unrestricted free agency and players on two-way contracts are essentially ignored.

here is the Atlantic Division and the Central Division). Players are listed with their 2020-21 salary. Up now, the Pacific:” data-reactid=”22″ type=”text”>We’re unveiling protected/unprotected lists by division (here is the Atlantic Division and the Central Division). Players are listed with their 2020-21 salary. Up now, the Pacific:

Golden State Warriors” data-reactid=”23″ type=”text”>Golden State Warriors

  • Stephen Curry – $43,006,362
  • Klay Thompson – $35,361,360
  • Andrew Wiggins – $29,542,010
  • Draymond Green – $22,246,956
  • Marquese Chriss – $1,824,003 ($800,000 Guaranteed)
  • Damion Lee – $1,762,796 ($600,000 Guaranteed)
  • Ky Bowman – $1,517,981 (Non-Guaranteed)
  • Eric Paschall – $1,517,981
  • Kevon Looney – $4,821,429
  • Jordan Poole – $2,063,280
  • Mychal Mulder – $1,517,981 (Non-Guaranteed)
  • Alen Smailagic – $1,517,981
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson – $1,517,981 (Non-Guaranteed)
  • Analysis: The Warriors have their core together with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Ky Bowman, Marquese Chriss, Damion Lee and Eric Paschall provide value on minimum contracts. That’s all the Warriors need to protect.” data-reactid=”42″ type=”text”>Analysis: The Warriors have their core together with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Ky Bowman, Marquese Chriss, Damion Lee and Eric Paschall provide value on minimum contracts. That’s all the Warriors need to protect.

    Golden State wouldn’t mind seeing Kevon Looney or Jordan Poole selected to get the salaries off the cap sheet. The rest of the players are ones the Warriors won’t lose any sleep over if they’re drafted.

    Clippers” data-reactid=”44″ type=”text”>L.A. Clippers

  • Paul George – $34,450,412
  • Kawhi Leonard – $34,379,100
  • Patrick Beverley – $13,333,333
  • Lou Williams – $8,000,000
  • Ivica Zubac – $7,000,000
  • Landry Shamet – $2,090,040
  • Mfiondu Kabengele – $2,075,880
  • Terance Mann – $1,517,981
  • Rodney McGruder – $5,192,307
  • JaMychal Green – $5,005,350 (Player Option)
  • Montrezl Harrell
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Marcus Morris
  • Patrick Patterson
  • L.A. could lose Green as a free agent. The Clippers also bet he does undrafted and could return. Rodney McGruder makes too much money for his role.

    Los Angeles Lakers” data-reactid=”67″ type=”text”>Los Angeles Lakers

  • LeBron James – $39,219,565
  • Danny Green – $15,365,853
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – $8,493,746
  • Avery Bradley – $5,005,350
  • JaVale McGee – $4,200,000 (Player Option)
  • Kyle Kuzma – $3,562,178
  • Alex Caruso – $2,750,000
  • Talen Horton-Tucker – $1,517,981
  • Quinn Cook – $3,000,000 ($1,000,000 Guaranteed)
  • Rajon Rondo – $2,692,991 (Player Option)
  • Anthony Davis – projects Davis opts out before expansion draft
  • Jared Dudley
  • Dwight Howard
  • Markieff Morris
  • Dion Waiters
  • Los Angeles won’t be upset to see Quinn Cook or Rajon Rondo selected. They’re both replacement-level players for the Lakers at this point.

    Protected – 8″ data-reactid=”92″ type=”text”>Protected – 8

  • Frank Kaminsky – $5,005,350 (Team Option)
  • Cheick Diallo – $1,824,003 (Team Option)
  • Elie Okobo – $1,663,861 (Non-Guaranteed)
  • Jalen Lecque – $1,517,981
  • Jevon Carter – Restricted Free Agent
  • Aron Baynes
  • Of the unprotected players, none of have established themselves as NBA rotation players. If any are selected, Phoenix won’t lose any sleep over it.

    Protected – 8″ data-reactid=”115″ type=”text”>Protected – 8

  • Jabari Parker – $6,500,000 (Player Option)
  • Justin James – $1,517,981
  • Kent Bazemore
  • Yogi Ferrell
  • Harry Giles
  • Alex Len
  • Sacramento won’t mind if Jabari Parker is selected, but they aren’t going to pay anyone to do it. Justin James has been an interesting prospect, but the Kings won’t stress if he gets selected.

    Mock NBA expansion draft: Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Suns, Kings originally appeared on NBCSports.com” data-reactid=”137″ type=”text”>Mock NBA expansion draft: Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Suns, Kings originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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