Warriors are falling behind in the standings, currently in 9th place and closer to the 12th place Lakers than the 8th place Mavs. It's becoming clear that even with Iguodala coming back soon, we need a lot of help off the bench at seemingly every position. Right now our best trade assets are Barnes, Lee, our trade exceptions, and a 2019 1st round pick(earliest pick we can trade). Here are my two ideas to help the Warriors become a legitimate championship contender.
Why the Warriors do this: We have no bench right now, and with a billion dollar arena on the way money doesn't seem to be a problem for this ownership. O.J Mayo just signed a 3 year 24 million dollar contract but he would give the Warriors someone that would likely somewhere around 15 points a game for the Warriors off the bench and give them another guy who could go off for 20-30 points on any given night. Khris MIddleton is a throw in to give us another solid wing player who can give us solid minutes if any of our starters go down.
Why the Bucks do this: As I said O.J Mayo just signed a $24 million contract, and with them currently owning the worst record in the league I'd imagine they'd be eager to pawn him off on a contender like the Warriors and get a future 1st and 2nd round pick in the process. Right now the Bucks only have 3 players who they feel are definitely part of their future(Henson, Sanders, and the Greek Freak). O.J Mayo is taking minutes away from the freak as well as Brandon Knight and rookie Nate Wolters and very few teams(if any) could or would give the Bucks an escape from Mayo's contract and a couple of future picks.
Trade #2: This is a much larger trade and involves the Sixers and Cavaliers.
Why the Warriors do this: Lee, Barnes, Speights, Douglas, and Bazemore have all been disappointments this year but they still hold value around the league. In this case the Warriors get rid of Lee for a younger power forward in Tristan Thompson who is a beast on the boards(especially the offensive glass), our previous sixth man and fan favorite Jarrett Jack who could reclaim his role as Steph's backup, Varejo who would give us another quality big man off the bench at either the 4 or 5 spots, and Lavoy Allen who is a pick and pop big man who can defend the 4 and the 5 for those who aren't familiar with him. Warriors get a bunch of depth to make up for giving up a 2013 all-star and a rising star in Barnes.
Cleveland trades: Tristan Thompson, Jarrett Jack, Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejo, and Anthony Bennet.
Why the Cavs do this: The Cavs messed up by taking Waiters over Harrison Barnes(and Drummond) in last year's draft, and they get to rectify that mistake by putting Barnes in as their starting three. They also bring in Ohio State alumni Evan Turner at the shooting guard spot, and replace Thompson with two time all-star David Lee at the 4. Spencer Hawes who is playing great this year replaces Varejo, and for what it's worth Speights who actually played great for the Cavs last year returns to them as the backup power forward. Sure they lose out on Jarrett Jack, but Evan Turner has done a decent job of handling the ball in small doses the last few years, and they still have Saint Mary's alumni Delladova along with now Tony Dogulas at the backup point guard spot. Another reason the Cavs do this, is that they have the ability to save a lot of cap room for next off season if they feel they have a realistic shot at Lebron and possibly even another star as many of the players they receive can become free agents, or can be flipped in the off-season.
Sixers trade: Hawes, Turner, and Allen
Sixers get: Waiters, Bennet, and Bazemore
Why the Sixers do this: This is very simple for the Sixers, Hawes is an unrestricted free agent and Turner is a restricted free agent this off-season and they don't want to pay either of them. They get rid of these two place homegrown talent Lavoy Allen and get back Waiters who actually played with Michael Carter-Williams at Syracuse, and get a chance to get Bennet back in basketball shape with their crazy cardio regiments.
Conclusion: The Warriors need to make some trades, and they need to make them soon. If they were to make these two trades their roster would look like this.
Pg: Curry, Jack, Nedovic
Sg: Thompson, Mayo
Sf: Iguodala, Green, Middleton
Pf: Tristan Thompson, Allen
C: Bogut, Varejo, O'neal, Ezeli, Kuzmic
Tell me what you think about the trades!