Monday, November 28, 2022

Rangy, Two-Way Big Man, recognized by name as a warrior trade target

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James Wiseman is just three games into what Steve Kerr has described as an “extended” G League stake, but the Golden State Warriors center is already raising eyebrows with his play. So far, the former No. 2 overall has averaged 16.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game.

Of course, it’s hard to get too excited about your scoring stats at a lower competitive level; What the Warriors really need is that he can help win another title. And the 97 points they’ve scored in his 210 minutes on the floor doesn’t inspire confidence that he’s heading into this season.

As such, Kerr and the Warriors’ other key decision-makers — Bob Myers, Joe Lacob — may need to seriously consider how interested they are in actually following Wiseman’s development to the end.

If the main goal is to get another ring for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, then the time to do something is near. To that end, one analyst just proposed a trade that brought in a battle-hardened vet with two-way skills to the club.

Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz just released a mega feature in which he attempted to identify a new trade idea for each team in the league. However, the Bay Area crew was actually involved in several trades written for the play.

The trade offered for the surprisingly strong Utah Jazz was especially intriguing if you’re someone with the idea of ​​trading Wiseman for a win-now five-man. Here’s Swartz’s suggestion:

“Golden State is getting an elite shooter to take Wiseman’s place upfront, and Olynyk’s passing ability fits well with the Warriors’ offensive system,” said the Hoops writer. “Winning a future runner-up helps convince them to give up Wiseman’s potential as well.”

As Wednesday night’s games begin, Olynyk is averaging 12.6 points, nearly five rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals per contest. He also shoots 54.7% from the ground and 50% (!!) from deep. Numbers aside, however, he’s been a sticky guy for a jazz team that’s still coping without Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.

And while he’s definitely not a rim guard, he does have smarts on the defensive side of the ball that Wiseman is still working on developing.

The qualifier Swartz gave for Utah being willing to make that kind of trade was Danny Ainge and co. deciding to “start losing games.” And while the wins aren’t coming as frantically as they did in the first few weeks of the season, the Jazz certainly doesn’t seem to be flagging.

However, if – and this could be a big IF – things change, Wiseman and Rollins are exactly the kind of players Ainge should covet. Especially youngsters with high upside potential on low dollar or rookie deals.

Swartz added, “Wiseman would get a far greater opportunity in Utah with a young center rotation, and Rollins, 20, could be studying behind Mike Conley Jr. for a while.”

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