The Achilles injury star guard Klay Thompson suffered earlier this week in Los Angeles leaves everything up in the air. The Golden State Warriors trade rumors leading up to said injury included finding a third star to team up with Thompson and Stephen Curry.
That’s no longer the case. Equally as important, Golden State could potentially now keep Andrew Wiggins. The team will need scoring behind Curry.
In checking in on Thompson’s injury we’re here to calm the nerves of Warriors fans. They still have that $17-plus million trade exception stemming from the Andre Iguodala deal. General manager Bob Myers indicated following the 2020 NBA Draft that he plans on being aggressive using it.
Here’s a look at five players the Golden State Warriors could trade for to “replace” Klay Thompson. Most of the trades will involve the above-mentioned exception. Others won’t.
Golden State Warriors trade for Zach LaVine
- Warriors get: Zach LaVine
- Bulls get: Mychal Mulder and 2021 first-round pick
The Warriors and Bulls were linked in trade rumors ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft with Chicago looking to move up to the second selection. Instead, the team reached for forward Patrick Williams at No. 4 overall. Could these two teams circle back in trade talks? It’s possible.
This scenario includes the Warriors landing a true scoring threat in LaVine for a first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Said pick would be the highest of the two between Golden State’s initial selection and the one it acquired in the D’Angelo Russell-Andrew Wiggins trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
LaVine, 25, averaged 25.5 points on 38% shooting from three-point range this past season. He’d come in and be the second scorer behind Curry until Klay Thompson returns. Should LaVine prove to be a fit, he could move to the three with the Warriors then opting to trade Andrew Wiggins.
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Golden State Warriors trade for Buddy Hield
- Warriors get: Buddy Hield and Richaun Holmes
- Kings get: Andrew Wiggins
It’s rather clear that Hield wants out of Sacramento. He has not worked well with embattled Kings head coach Luke Walton. By drawing this process out a bit longer, it appears that Sacramento will have to sell low on the sharpshooting 27-year-old shooting guard.
Picking up Wiggins’ contract and potential would probably be the ideal scenario for Sacramento here. After all, the team already added guards Tyrese Haliburton and Jahmi’us Ramsey in the 2020 NBA Draft.
As for the Warriors trade, they get a guy that can score 20 on a consistent basis and is shooting a resounding 41% from three-point range in his career. Hield would slide in at the two immediately and could hold down that fort once Thompson returns. In this scenario, Klay moves to the three.
Golden State Warriors trade for Evan Fournier
- Warriors get: Evan Fournier
- Magic get: Future second-round pick
Pretty much a trade simply using the above-mentioned exemption. Fournier, 28, opted into his contract for the 2020-21 season after averaging a career high 18.5 points this past year. At 6-foot-7, he’d also provide size to go with Wiggins out on the perimeter. Adding to the intrigue here is the fact that Fournier is a career 38% three-point shooter.
For the Magic, it’s rather simple. They rid themselves of a contract they’d rather not have. That includes a whopping $17.15 million for next year. Orlando could then use that money to find a better bargain in free agency.
Golden State Warriors trade for DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay
- Warriors get: DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay
- Spurs get: Andrew Wiggins, Kevon Looney, Jordan Poole, Juan Toscano-Anderson and future first-round pick
The Warriors and Spurs have been linked in trade talks over the past couple weeks. That previously included LaMarcus Aldridge heading to Northern California. However, the Thompson injury would change things in this regard.
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Instead, Golden State adds a veteran All-Star in DeRozan to replace Thompson over the short term. He’s averaged north of 20 points in each of the past six seasons and would provide that scoring punch. In addition to this, the Warriors add a short-term replacement for Wiggins at the three in Gay. They have been linked to him at a near never-ending loop over the past half decade.
As for the Spurs, they take a chance on Wiggins’ upside while adding a valuable future first-round pick (protected in 2021). After drafting Devin Vassell in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft, it’s clear that the Spurs are looking to trade DeRozan.
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Author: Vincent Frank