Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Golden State Warriors management insisted on draft night it was thrilled to see North Carolina standout Harrison Barnes fall into the team's lap. The club's actions then spoke louder than its words when the NBA reopened for business July 11. Dorell Wright, who started all but five of the Warriors' 148 games the past two seasons, was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers in little more than a salary dump, creating an immediate opening at small forward for Barnes. Not coincidentally, Wright's departure also impacted the small forward position in another way, giving the Warriors additional breathing room under the NBA's luxury-tax threshold with which to pursue their own restricted free agent, Brandon Rush. The Warriors entered the free agent signing period about $4 million under the luxury-tax line, meaning they couldn't even offer the full $5 mid-level exception to anyone, including Rush. But by slashing Wright's $4.1 million salary from the equation, th...
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