Warriors' total roster cost projects to be staggering amount originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors went undefeated in preseason play, and certainly looked like they're ready for the real games to start. A few roster moves were made after Friday night's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, likely finalizing the group that Golden State will enter the 2021-22 NBA regular season with.
As things currently stand, the Warriors' roster consists of 14 players on standard NBA contracts and one player (Chris Chiozza) on a two-way contract. That leaves Golden State with two open roster spots: one standard and one two-way.
The salary cap for the 2021-22 NBA season is set at $112,414,000. The Warriors' current total cap hit comes out to $174,189,694 -- the highest of any team in the league -- which includes Shaun Livingston's final dead cap hit of $666,667.
The luxury tax apron for the 2021-22 season is set at $143,002,000. The Warriors currently are $31,187,694 above that apron, which amounts to $159,898,091 in projected luxury tax payments.
So, with a cap hit of just more than $174 million and projected luxury tax bill just less than $160 million, the Warriors' total roster cost -- as of now -- projects to be $334,087,785.
Warriors, as of now, will enter the season with 14 regular rostered players and one two-way. They have a team salary of $176,302,940 with a total roster cost of $334,087,785.
Damion Lee ($1.9M) is partially guaranteed for $500k.
Full $5.9M MLE available. Two roster spots open. pic.twitter.com/Tolk9yc79t
— r/Warriors (@GSWReddit) October 16, 2021
That's a hefty bill. And it's possible it could become even more expensive, if and when the Warriors fill the remaining open spots on the roster. They also still have the full $5.9 million taxpayer mid-level exception at their disposal, if they so choose to use it.