With just over a week until the NBA trade deadline on February 8, teams across the league are weighing their options and making calls — but will the Warriors make a move?
While Golden State could certainly make a deal with another organization, Dub Nation may not want to get its hopes up that the struggling Warriors will make an impactful deal to ease their recent woes.
The Warriors' internal odds and expectations for such a move that “meaningfully moves the needle” have steadily increased It decreased over the past monthThe Athletic's Anthony Slater reported Tuesday, citing team sources who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Per Slater, Golden State was on the “fringes” of the Pascal Siakam trade market before the Toronto Raptors traded him to the Indiana Pacers — and now, the Warriors are in a trade lurch.
“This has only pushed the Warriors into what appears to be a trap of trade deadline conditions with no clear path to move up or down,” Slater wrote. “They are in a restricted area in the NBA.”
Golden State entered the 2023-24 NBA season in win-now mode, shipping out young players like Jordan Paul and Patrick Baldwin Jr. to acquire 19th-year guard Chris Paul, along with adding other court-savvy vets like Dario Saric in free agency. . .
The idea was to surround Steph Curry and the rest of Golden State with a team that could capitalize on this moment, but at the halfway point of the season, the Warriors sit 12th in the Western Conference with a 19-24 record.
If there aren't any players on the market who feel they are worth the price — perhaps young star Jonathan Kuminga, or perhaps Andrew Wiggins, just as he seems to be finding his groove — it remains to be seen whether general manager Mike Dunleavy will, in fact, Jr. And the Warriors made an impactful trade.
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