This season for the Golden State Warriors has been very different as not only does having no Klay Thompson really hurt their chances to do anything special, but they are in a very awkward position financially. They are not only paying a ton of luxury taxes this season due to them being $36.1M over the luxury tax threshold, but they are projected to be $50M+ over the salary cap for next NBA season entering the offseason.
The good news for them is that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman are all under contract for next season, so they do not have to worry about re-signing any major pieces to their core (other than agreeing to a long-term extension with Steph), but Kelly Oubre Jr. is set to be an unrestricted free agent and the Warriors have virtually no cap space to go out and sign other high-level talents in free agency.
This is why the Warriors could potentially look to leverage either Andrew Wiggins or rookie James Wiseman in the offseason. This organization wants to capitalize on Steph, Klay and Draymond still being able to play at a high-level, which is why they could be willing to pay even more taxes to field a championship-level team.
Last night, James Wiseman took an ugly look fall on a dunk attempt and today, multiple reports surfaced that he suffered a torn meniscus and is likely to miss the remainder of this season. Overall, this should not hurt his overall value if the Warriors look to trade him, but it definitely does hurt the Warriors’ overall chances of doing something with this season.
Now, the Warriors are likely to enter the offseason looking for answers on how to get back to their old championship ways, which is why they could look to add another All-Star talent to pair with their future Hall-of-Fame core. Could the Warriors actually look to trade James Wiseman in the offseason for a big return?
The only way the Warriors trade Wiseman is if they are getting a top-tier player in return, so let’s take a look at three trade targets/scenarios the Warriors would consider trading for, involving James Wiseman in the trade package.