The Golden State Warriors are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race going into the season's stretch drive. The Dubs will be without Stephen Curry for at least their next two games as their superstar guard recovers from a tailbone contusion.
If general manager Bob Myers wants to make any last-minute changes to the roster, his final opportunity to make a trade is now. The NBA’s trade deadline is set for 12 p.m. PT Thursday, and the Warriors do have some assets they could move.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is at the top of the list. Myers acquired the 25-year-old soon after finding out All-Star Klay Thompson hurt his Achilles and would be out for the season. Golden State sent a top-20-protected 2021 first-round selection to the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Oubre, who is averaging 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season.
Myers could get a future asset for Oubre or choose to hang on to him as the Dubs try and climb into a playoff spot.
The other big trade chip the Warriors hold is the Minnesota Timberwolves’ top-three-protected 2021 first-round pick, which becomes unprotected in 2022. The Timberwolves stink this season and will most likely end up with a top-five selection. Myers could look to move the piece for a proven veteran or hang on to it and see what transpires in the offseason.
We could see several big-name players moved ahead of the deadline as the title-contending teams try and load up for a deep playoff run.
We will keep you posted here with any breaking news involving the NBA trade deadline. Join the discussion in the comments below!
Post-deadline update 3: The Warriors have traded Marquese Chriss.
Golden State has traded Marqueese Chriss to the Spurs, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
Post-deadline update 2: The Miami Heat have acquired two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.
Houston is trading Victor Oladipo to Miami, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
Post-deadline update: The deadline is over, but the deals keep coming in, and the Warriors have made a tiny move, sending Brad Wanamaker to the Charlotte Hornets.
11:21 a.m. update: The L.A. Clippers are acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Lou Williams.
Hawks are trading Rajon Rondo to the Clippers for Lou Williams, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
10:05 a.m. update: Marc Stein says the Warriors are showing interest in veteran Danny Green.
The Warriors have emerged as a possible trade destination for Philadelphia's Danny Green, league sources say.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 25, 2021
10:00 a.m. update: The Portland Trail Blazers get another scorer, acquiring Norman Powell from the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto has traded Norm Powell to Portland for Gary Trent and Rodney Hood, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
9:46 a.m. update: The 76ers acquire a veteran point guard for the stretch drive and playoffs.
Philadelphia is acquiring OKC's George Hill for Tony Bradley, Terrance Fergusson and two future second-round picks, sources tell ESPN. Austin Rivers goes to OKC as part of a three-way deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
9:45 a.m. update: The Sacramento Kings are trading forward Nemanja Bjelica to the Miami Heat.
Miami is sending Moe Harkless and Chris Silva to the Kings, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/qcIwNnme3t— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
9:30 a.m. update: The Deal is now complete. The Denver Nuggets give up two young players and a pick to acquire Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic. Woj adds that Gary Clark is also part of the deal and will be making his way to Orlando.
Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and a first-round pick to the Magic for Aaron Gordon, source tells ESPN. https://t.co/VWMUVCokeS— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
9:20 a.m. update: The Denver Nuggets could be loading up for a deep playoff run.
Here's the deal: The Bulls land Nikola Vucevic and Al Farouq Aminu for Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr., and two first-round picks. Huge addition for Chicago, who remains in pursuit of Lonzo Ball. The Magic are moving toward a rebuild now with Aaron Gordon deal on deck.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
Orlando is going into full rebuild mode.
Boston is in serious talks to acquire Orlando guard Evan Fournier for two second-round picks, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
8:45 a.m. update: The Denver Nuggets get another big man to backup All-Star Nikola Jokic.