Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is never shy to share his opinion about his team.
Lacob joined The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on his latest “The TK Show” podcast and was asked about the Dubs’ acquisition of forward Andrew Wiggins.
“We think it’s a great fit, actually,” Lacob said. “We’ve had some evidence here, and we didn’t get to see him play with Steph and Klay, but we did see him play with the rest of our team and how he might fit. Our coaching staff is very excited about Andrew and how he may fit here going forward.”
The Warriors sent guard D’Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Wiggins and a pair of two draft picks.
The 25-year-old Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games with the Dubs. Although he hasn’t reached the level many projected when he was picked No. 1 in the 2014 NBA Draft, Wiggins does bring value to the Bay Area.
Lacob believes Wiggin’s skillset is a rare find in the NBA.
“It’s so hard to find wings right now in the NBA with good positional size and athleticism,” Lacob said. “He’s a walking 20 points. He’s going to go out there and get you 20 points in any game. He’s capable of doing a lot more than that, but that’s pretty good.”
Another factor is the Warriors’ first-round pick. If it is No. 1 overall, it’s hard to see the team passing on Georgia guard Anthony Edwards, unless of course Bob Myers decides to move the pick for a proven veteran.
What are you expecting from Wiggins next season playing alongside Steph and Klay?
Kawakami also asked Lacob about Kevin Durant’s departure. While the Dubs’ owner did admit KD deciding to leave hurt his club, he’s choosing to look at the positive side:
“Maybe this is the best thing. We were able to start a rebuild a little bit earlier than we otherwise might have,” Lacob said. “The positive is we got a chance to move forward quicker and to move into the next phase of what we’re doing.”
Myers deserves some credit for turning Durant deciding to leave into assets. The Dubs have some flexibility on what they can do at the draft because of his moves, meaning Golden State made out as well as it could with KD choosing to head to Brooklyn.
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