Dwight rumors: Warriors trying to trade Andrew Bogut, expirings for cap space, according to report

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The Warriors are looking at other options to make cap room to sign Dwight Howard.

The Golden State Warriors are "aggressively attempting" to trade a number of their expiring contracts, which includes Andrew Bogut, in order to have the cap space needed to make a contract offer to Los Angeles Lakers' free agent Dwight Howard outright, according to Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN.

Golden State currently has $70 million in guaranteed salary slated for the 2013-2014 NBA season. They would have to clear roughly $30 million in salary to have the space necessary to offer Howard a maximum contract.

The Warriors have also been open to structuring a sign-and-trade deal with the Lakers with Andrew Bogut's $14 million expiring as a centerpiece along with the choice of either Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson. The Lakers have not been open to discussions regarding any sign-and-trade deals for Howard.

The Warriors are trying to unload the expiring contracts of Bogut ($14 million), Richard Jefferson ($11 million) and Andris Biedrins ($9 million) to teams around the league with the available cap space to absorb them, but would have to attach future assets in order to find a trading partner.

A future first-round draft pick and either Barnes or Thompson will likely also have to be included in any deal the Warriors make.

- Drew

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