Warriors reportedly trying to clear cap space to sign Howard outright 

The Warriors have been exploring trying to trade some of their high-priced players in order to clear enough cap space to sign free-agent prize Dwight Howard without needed to execute a sign-and-trade, ESPN reported.

The Warriors were one of five teams who met with one of the NBA's top big men this week to try and persuade him to join forces with Stephen Curry.

Golden State reportedly left its meeting feeling encouraged, which has led to it looking to move Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Andrew Bogut to teams with cap space. According to ESPN, teams have been unwilling to take on the monster contracts without also adding one of the Warriors' young assets, such as Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson.

As it stands now, the Warriors don't have the cap space to add Howard's expected $20 million salary. They would have to do a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. Agreeing on the compensation with the Lakers for Howard could be a holdup.

Howard is expected to make his decision on where he will sign today.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks are all also in the running for Howard.

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