The Golden State Warriors are entering another pivotal offseason for the franchise. After missing the playoffs for the second straight year, general manager Bob Myers will have some tough decisions to make in order to surround Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with enough talent to compete for another NBA championship.
Myers has a few assets to work with. The Dubs have their own 2021 first-round pick and could have a second lottery selection if the Minnesota Timberwolves’ pick falls out of the top three.
Curry showed he is still one of the best players in the NBA this season. At 33, he led the NBA in scoring, becoming the oldest player to accomplish that feat since Michael Jordan did it at 35 in 1998. Thompson will hopefully be healthy after missing two seasons in a row with serious injuries, while Draymond Green showed he can still be a difference-maker on both ends of the floor.
Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey came up with a list of potential NBA trades and came up with an interesting proposal for Golden State.
The Trade: James Wiseman, Kevon Looney and a 2021 first-round pick for Myles Turner
After wasting a year of Stephen Curry’s prime by trying to integrate James Wiseman into a system that may take years to figure out, the Warriors should enter the 2021 offseason with a bit of desperation.
Stephen Curry is 33 years old. Klay Thompson is returning from a torn left ACL, torn right Achilles and two years without on-court action. And Draymond Green, though he looks every bit the disruptor he’s always been on defense, has been nowhere near his 2015-16 scoring efficiency in half a decade.
If this core is going to compete for another championship, it may not be able to wait on a project center.
Myers said he doesn’t want to trade Wiseman during his season-ending media availability earlier in the week. But we heard the same thing from Myers about D’Angelo Russell in 2019.
Bob Myers on D’Angelo Russell: “We didn’t sign him with the intention of trading him” pic.twitter.com/ST9YNg6XTm— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 15, 2019
The rookie flashed some potential but failed to have a consistent impact on both ends of the floor.
Wiseman was selected No. 2 overall at the 2020 NBA Draft and averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. But the underlying numbers aren’t kind to Wiseman. Golden State’s net rating is 11.4 points better per 100 possessions with Wiseman on the bench. His 110.6 defensive rating is fourth-worst out of any Warrior who has played meaningful minutes, per NBA.com.
Looney is a solid veteran who brings it every time he is on the court. Looney has provided some solid depth for the Dubs since being selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.
Turner seems to be out of favor with the Indiana Pacers. He has struggled to fit alongside high-scoring forward Domantas Sabonis.
The 25-year-old played in 47 games for the Pacers last season and averaged 12.6 and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc. Turner would be a significant upgrade in terms of rim protection. He averaged 3.4 blocks per game last season, 1.4 less than the Warriors did as a team.
Indiana’s defensive rating was 4.8 points better per 100 possessions with Turner on the court.
Turner will also be an upgrade on the offensive end. His outside shooting ability would allow the Dubs to space the floor and free up some room for Curry and Thompson.
The big question for Myers is if Golden State believes Wiseman is the long-term answer at the 5. Wiseman is just 20 and has a ton of room to grow. He will need to work on his positioning and would be wise to add some strength this offseason.
What do you think of Bailey’s proposed trade? Would you be willing to move on from Wiseman for Tuner?
On to some links:
It seems like a pipe dream, but the rumors will begin to swirl if the L.A. Clippers lose in the first round. Nathan Beighle of Fansided says the hype is growing around Kawhi Leonard potentially becoming a Warrior next season.
Jordan Bell’s stint with Golden State was short-lived. Connor Letourneau of The SF Chronicle breaks down why Bell didn’t get much of a chance this season.
Green has never been shy with words. Draymond called out TNT’s Reggie Miller for his recent remarks about Anthony Davis’ incident with Jae Crowder. (SF Gate)