The Golden State Warriors have acquired Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for Gerald Wallace, cash and draft considerations, the Warriors announced Friday afternoon. The draft considerations part of the trade is a pick swap:
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) July 31, 2015
Both Thompson and Wallace had been traded once already prior to this deal. The Sacramento Kings dealt Thompson along with Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas and draft assets to the Sixers in a cap-clearing move that was widely panned. The Boston Celtics traded Wallace to the Warriors in the David Lee deal, and it remains to be seen if Philly keeps Wallace. The 33-year-old barely played last year and is owed over $10 million next season.
This is a solid move for Golden State, who was looking for a bit more depth in the frontcourt to help make up for the trade of Lee. Thompson had a down season with the Kings last year, averaging just 6.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the field. But for his career, he’s averaging 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 49.7 percent from the field.
The trade also saves the Warriors some money:
As their roster stands, the trade saves the Warriors more than $14 million in luxury tax.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) July 31, 2015
Thompson is owed $6.91 next season and $7.01 million in 2016-17, although only $2.65 million of his 2016-17 contract is guaranteed.