The coming NBA offseason will be a big one for the Golden State Warriors.
With the championship winning core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green back healthy going into 2020-21, general manager Bob Myers has the opportunity to help the Dubs make another championship run. The Warriors will have a top-five pick and huge trade exception to play with in order to add some depth pieces around the core.
Bleacher Report assigned 30 members of its staff the role of being a GM for one NBA team. Sean Jordan was given the job of being Golden State’s GM in the B/R fantasy league and came up with the following trade:
Warriors get: Cleveland’s 2020 pick (No. 3 overall), Marcus Smart (from ATL)
Cavaliers get: Atlanta’s 2020 pick (No. 6 overall), John Collins.
Jordan’s trade would be a home run for the Dubs. Trading away the top pick in what is perceived as a weak draft class, but still being able to add a young piece at No. 3 is ideal. Some of the players who could be available at three include: forward Deni Avdija, guard Killian Hayes, plus big men James Wiseman and Onyeka Okongwu.
Smart is exactly what the Warriors need. A ferocious on-ball defender, who ranks 18th in the NBA in defensive win shares, Smart has the ability of contributing on both ends of the floor. He’s averaging 13.5 points while shooting 34.8% from the 3-point line this season, and would fit as the perfect bench piece. Golden State would be able to take on Smart’s contract with ease, with it averaging out to roughly $14 million for the next two years by using the $17.2 million trade exception from the Andre Iguodala deal.
Adding Poole to the deal doesn’t hurt the Warriors. The 2019 first-round pick struggled offensively averaging 8.8 points on 33% shooting from the field while playing 22 minutes a game. With Curry, Thompson, Smart and Andrew Wiggins on the roster, Poole won’t be getting much floor time.
I love this trade for the Dubs, but the downside of acquiring Smart is that the team cannot make a run at a big-name free agent in 2021 due to the cap.
What do you think of Jordan’s trade?