Warriors trade rumors: Jeremy Tyler, Charles Jenkins or Kent Bazemore to be moved to avoid luxury tax?

Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE

With the trade deadline approaching, the Warriors might not be looking to make a major move, but they could look to shed some salary.

The Golden State Warriors are sitting just above the 2012-13 NBA luxury tax line and the team could look to move two of their three minimum salaried players in Jeremy Tyler, Charles Jenkins and Kent Bazemore before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, per Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Similarly, rival execs would be surprised if the Warriors remained above the tax line, which they exceed by less than $1 million. Golden State has three minimum-salary players --Jeremy Tyler, Charles Jenkins and Kent Bazemore -- and moving two of them would forestall the repeater-tax clock.

Right now, the Warriors have a team salary of roughly $71.155 million and the tax line for this season is $70.307 million. With the emergence of Klay Thompson and the addition of Jarrett Jack before the season, Jenkins' role has been greatly diminished in Mark Jackson's rotation. Jenkins averaged over 17 minutes per game last season as a rookie, but has seen his playing time drop to 6.3 minutes per game this year.

Jenkins could be a nice gamble for a team willing to take a chance on his scoring ability. Similarly to Jenkins, Tyler has seen his role with the team take a major hit with rookie Festus Ezeli's play. Bazemore has actually been receiving some playing time recently as he is averaging 13.4 minutes per game in Feb. to go along with 6.4 points per game.


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