The Golden State Warriors are $6 million away from the tax line and successfully getting below it would save them approximately $10 million this season plus approximately $34 million in repeater tax penalties for 20-21. Golden State's payroll for 20-21 could reach $175 million or more based current estimates.

The Warriors could trade Kevon Looney, who makes $4.4 million then also waive Marquese Chriss before his guarantee date in January and then also unload the $2.1 million contract of Willie Cauley-Stein.

The Warriors have a major financial incentive to clear salary in what has become a "gap season".