The Golden State Warriors have traded point guard Shabazz Napier and swingman Treveon Graham to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the draft rights to Lior Eliyam, the teams announced.
Napier and Graham were acquired as part of the Warriors’ sign-and-trade arrangement with the Brooklyn Nets that centered on All-Star forward Kevin Durant.
For the Warriors, Napier and Graham were used for salary purposes to make the deal work. But the Timberwolves may be able to use one, or both.
Both players are on non-guaranteed contracts, but will at least receive partial guarantees. Their entire salaries for next season will be guaranteed if they’re not waived by Wednesday.
The Warriors had little choice but to move Napier and Graham, since they are looking at a hard cap ($139 million) for the upcoming season. They will save about $250,ooo by trading Napier and Graham to the Timberwolvers, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.