The Golden State Warriors are currently sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference with a record of 21-20. They know they are not truly contenders this season with Klay Thompson still injured, so it is anyone’s guess as to what they will do at the NBA trade deadline.
What they will be is aggressive according to Warriors’ president of basketball operations, Bob Myers, as we head toward the March 25th deadline.
“It’s the balancing act as far as what makes sense now, but doesn’t hamper us in the future,” Warriors President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game’s “Steiny, Guru & Dibs” show. “What can we do that maybe can be beneficial this year and into next year.
“We’ll be aggressive. We’ll look around. There were years where we had the best record and were pretty quiet at the trade deadline. We didn’t really do much or make many calls. I think we’ll be more open in making calls and listening to calls than we’ve been.”
The Warriors could go in several different directions to add talent around Stephen Curry. They have some great assets in James Wiseman and the Minnesota Timberwolves 2021 first-round pick which is only top-3 protected if they wanted to swing a blockbuster deal for someone such as Bradley Beal or Zach LaVine.
Andrew Wiggins could be used to help match salaries in a bigger transaction. He has played well in his first season in Golden State, but his long-term fit is questionable once Klay Thompson is back in the lineup. The same could be said for Kelly Oubre Jr., an impending free agent.
The Warriors could also shop Kelly Oubre Jr. if they don’t believe he fits as part of their long-term plans. He could be used to help acquire someone the organization believes fits better with what they have.
The Warriors have been involved in a few NBA trade rumors, such as being one of the favorites to sign Otto Porter Jr. should the Chicago Bulls buy him out.
With Stephen Curry back to playing at an MVP level and Draymond Green keeping it up as a jack-of-all-trades, the Warriors know they have a strong foundation in place. The question is whether or not they want to add another piece to that foundation before the NBA trade deadline, or hold tight and configure things again in the offseason when the NBA Draft and free agency rolls around.