NBA trade deadline: Sources say Warriors seeking bench help, but Curry sees no need


The Warriors, who emerge from the All-Star break having gone just 7-9 in their last 16 games, including disappointing home losses to Charlotte, Washington and Minnesota, remain aggressive in their search to bolster their bench, league sources confirmed.

But the team is not expected to go over the luxury tax threshold to do so.

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But star guard Stephen Curry told Sporting News this weekend that he does not believe the Warriors need to make further additions. Golden State has made one trade already this year, acquiring guard Jordan Crawford from the Celtics.

“We already made moves and tried to boost our bench,” Curry said. “It’s just about guys getting comfortable with each other. Obviously, we played a lot of games, but as you get to more serious crunch-time situations, we have our go-to play calls and who is going to be on the floor and being able to feed off each other.

"We have gone through a tough, tough patch and we have learned a little bit about ourselves, and, h

opefully, we will make those adjustments.”

Crawford, though, has been a disappointment for the Warriors, averaging 6.3 points on 38.6 percent shooting from the field and 28.0 percent from the 3-point line. The Warriors have been open to replacing Crawford altogether via trade, but have also considered bringing in a forward.

Last year, the Warriors had a solid second unit—anchored by departed guard Jarrett Jack and forward Carl Landry—that averaged 30.6 points and shot 45.6 percent from the field. This year, Golden State ranks 29th in bench scoring, and last in bench shooting (39.1 percent from the field).

The Warriors still have trade exceptions remaining from the summer deal that sent Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and Andris Biedrins to Utah, a trade that opened the way for the signing of Andre Iguodala but required Golden State to sacrifice this year’s first-round pick.

But the Warriors’ payroll stands at slightly over $69 million, leaving the team less than $2.5 million to absorb before crossing the league’s $71.7 million threshold. Owner Joe Lacob has said that the team would be willing to cross the threshold in order to win, but the Warriors are not believed to have a talented enough target on their radar to warrant entering tax territory.

They don't have long to react, because the league’s trading deadline strikes at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.

As for Curry, no matter what the Warriors do, he puts the blame for the recent Warrior downturn on himself.

“I have got to be a better leader,” he said. “When times get tough, which is going to happen during games, I gotta be that voice that gets us out of those holes and be consistent whether we are playing well or not. …

"I want to be more vocal, more consistent, more accountable in that area when it comes to not playing well, our body language and things like that.”