Thursday, December 22, 2022

Proposed Blockbuster Sees Warriors Trade James Wiseman for 2 Upgrades

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Although the Golden State Warriors have regained momentum in recent days, trade grumblings are likely to dominate the headlines for the next few months. More recently, Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus wrote that a potential “multi-team trade with three, four, or five teams” could be brewing.

This was revealed amid reports that the Warriors may be interested in Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder. There could be a number of different combinations of teams looking to get involved in such a deal, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets.

Here is an overview of a possible trade:

Warriors get: Crowder, PJ Washington

Get Suns: Kelly Oubre Jr., Donte DiVincenzo

Lakers receive: Terry Rozier, Landry Shamet, Mason Plumlee

Get Hornets: Russell Westbrook, James Wiseman, 2023 1st round selection (via PHX, top-20 protected), 2027 1st round selection (via LAL, top-10 protected), 2023 2nd round selection ( via LAL), 2nd round 2025 pick (via LAL), 2025 2nd-round pick (via GSW, originally CHA)

That would be a lot of moving parts, and each team would have to send some sort of asset (probably a heavily protected second-rounder who would never transfer) to every other team in the deal.

There’s a lot to unpack in this trade, but let’s focus on what the warriors would get out of it.

Golden State would bring Crowder into that deal, which would give them an upgrade to the forward position off the bench. Crowder has yet to appear in a game for the Suns this season as he and the team parted ways and agreed to seek a trade.

Over the past two seasons, however, Crowder has been a crucial part of Phoenix’s success. Last year he appeared in 67 games for the Suns, starting them all and playing 28.1 minutes per contest. He averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals on 39.9% shots from the field and 34.8% shots from distance.

The Warriors would also trade Washington, who would give them a Big Man upgrade. He’s primarily a power forward, but if needed, the Warriors could put him on the small-ball five.

He’s played well for the Hornets this season, appearing in 20 of their games and playing 32.2 minutes per contest. The 24-year-old averages 15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists on 43.8% shots from the field and 32.7% shots from deep.

Wiseman’s resignation would signal Golden State’s admission that things didn’t work out, and there’s still plenty of time for him to turn things around. However, if they want to fight for a championship this year, upgrading their bench unit is crucial.

Sources recently told Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney that the Warriors are “concerned” for everyone on the team outside the starting five.

“The injury [Donte] DiVincenzo was tough on them because they were hoping to put a lot on him earlier in the year,” a Western Conference executive told Deveney. “The young people didn’t go into their roles the way they wanted. Right now it’s a lot more than the extrajudicial stuff they’re worried about. They worry about anyone beyond the first five.”

“The injury [Donte] DiVincenzo was tough on them because they were hoping to put a lot on him earlier in the year,” a Western Conference executive told Deveney. “The young people didn’t go into their roles the way they wanted. Right now it’s a lot more than the extrajudicial stuff they’re worried about. They worry about anyone beyond the first five.”

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