May 30, 2024
The Warriors have suddenly entered the postseason after losing to the Kings in the play-in tournament Tuesday night.

The Warriors lost to the Kings 118-94 on Tuesday night in the play-in tournament, ending their season without a playoff appearance.

Big questions loom for the Warriors this offseason. Here are the key dates fans should know about.

NBA Draft Lottery: May 15

The Warriors don’t have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but the result of the lottery could impact which teams might be a viable trade partner for Golden State around the draft.

Contract decision dates

The Warriors have a chance to clear a number of big contracts off the books after the highest-paid roster in league history failed to make the playoffs. Here are the decision deadlines on three key players, according to ESPN.

Gary Payton II: June 19

Payton has a $9.13 million player option for next season on the deal he signed the last time he was a free agent, in 2022, when he left for Portland before being traded back.

Kevon Looney: June 24

The big man whose role shrunk considerably this season will make $8 million if he is not cut before June 24, but is is guaranteed at least $3 million no matter what.

Chris Paul: June 28

Paul is due $30 million in the final year of his contract, but none of that sum is guaranteed. The 38-year-old point guard was an extremely steady hand for the bench, but his salary far exceeds the expected pay for a backup guard.

NBA Draft: June 26-27

Even if the Warriors don’t trade up for a first-round pick in what has been panned as a historically weak batch of prospects, Golden State still has a second-round pick at No. 52.

Trayce-Jackson Davis, a revelation as a rookie, was essentially the Warriors’ second-rounder in the 2023 draft after they acquired his rights from the Wizards on draft night.

And some guy named Draymond Green has carved out a pretty nice career after being picked 35th overall in the 2012 draft.

Start of NBA free agency negotiations: July 1 (July 6 to sign)

Will Klay Thompson leave the only team he has ever played for in his Hall of Fame career? Following ACL and Achilles tears, he’s no longer the two-way superstar who torched defenses during the dynasty’s run.

He shot 38.7 percent from the 3-point line over 77 games this season, showing he is still capable of playing winning basketball. But will the Warriors be willing to pay Thompson what other teams starved for shooting may be willing to pony up for the 34-year-old?

NBA Summer League: July 12-22

Barring a blockbuster trade, the Warriors probably won’t have a highly touted rookie playing in the summer circuit. But the 10-day league has often been a chance for second-year players to show off against inferior competition for a few games.

Brandin Podziemski, Jackson-Davis and Gui Santos should have an opportunity to partake in that cherished Summer League tradition of putting up superstar numbers against future overseas role players, college coaches and accountants.

Paris Olympics: July 27-Aug. 11

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