Following an injury-plagued 2019-20 NBA season, Golden State Warriors rumors are picking up big time. Suggestions are that they plan to be pretty darn busy this fall and winter. Could the Warriors be looking to pull off a blockbuster trade for a proven player? Said rumors also suggest that the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft could be up for sale.
That’s where we start with providing you the latest news and information regarding the Golden State Warriors.
Updated: Nov. 22, 12:53 PM EST
Golden State Warriors rumors: Team signs Kent Bazemore
Following the devastating season-ending Achilles injury to star guard Klay Thompson, the Warriors have made it a goal to add more wings to the mix. While it won’t be enough to make up for Thompson’s injury, it should help keep Golden State afloat. That included a trade for stud young forward Kelly Oubre late this past week.
Golden State has now doubled down on the wing position, adding veteran forward Kent Bazemore to the mix, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Bazemore, 31, started his career with the Warriors back in 2012-13 before moving on to the Los Angeles Lakers and eventually the Atlanta Hawks. The former Old Dominion star averaged 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds on 38% shooting from three point range during a brief stint with the Sacramento Kings this past season. He’ll provide depth at both the two and three.
Updated: Nov. 18, 8:22 PM EST
Golden State Warriors rumors: Team selects James Wiseman No. 2 overall
After months of speculation that they were looking to trade down, the Warriors have opted to select No. 2 overall. In the end, they opted to go with the obvious selection in that of former Memphis star James Wiseman. He’s a perfect fit as a five and could start in the front court next to Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins as a rookie.
Wiseman was limited to three games with Memphis as a freshman because of an issue with the NCAA. If Wiseman had suited up the entire season, the 7-foot-2 center would have been the unquestioned No. 1 pick in the draft.
On a related note, the reported injury to Klay Thompson during a workout on Wednesday apparently did not change the Warriors’ thought process here. However, it remains to be seen if Wiseman will be a member of the Warriors once the night concluded.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2:38 PM EST
GS Warriors: Team trading for Wendell Carter Jr.?
We already know that the Warriors are looking to move down from the second overall selection. That’s been the rumor since the NBA Draft lottery months ago. Golden State could now have a trade partner in the form of the Chicago Bulls with hours to go before the draft.
“League sources say the Warriors are weighing whether to accept a trade offered by the Bulls that would send Chicago their no. 2 overall pick for Wendell Carter Jr. and the fourth pick,” Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported.
This would be a very interesting trade from Golden State’s perspective. The team is said to be targeting center James Wiseman if it stands pat at two (scroll down). Why not add a 23-year-old former top-seven pick who has double-double capability instead? Sure Carter needs to improve from a shooting perspective. He’s also inconsistent as a rim protector. However, Wiseman played just three games of college ball. He’s a true wild card.
As for the fourth pick, The Warriors would then likely target forward Deni Avdija (Israel) or former Florida State wing Devin Vassell. The team is said to be high on both of them.
Of course, there’s a lot of layers here. Another rumor leading up to the draft suggests that Chicago is talking to the Timberwolves about moving up from four to one. Carter is also included in said trade scenario. The Warriors’ options at two are also not limited. They’ve been linked to Detroit Pistons All-Star Blake Griffin. This deal would include the second pick and Andrew Wiggins heading to Detroit for the seventh pick, Griffin and more draft pick compensation.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2:40 PM EST
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Golden State Warriors rumors: James Wiseman the pick at No. 2?
Former Memphis center James Wiseman held a Q&A with the media just a couple days ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft. The big man went out of his way to praise the Golden State Warriors and suggest that he might be headed to Northern California with the second selection.
The Warriors, who might still trade down from the second selection, have been linked a lot to Wiseman. It makes sense given that the team does not have a true center on its roster. Draymond Green can play the five. Marquese Chriss performed extremely well for the injury-plagued Warriors last season.
With that said, Wiseman and his 7-foot-1 frame would change the dynamic in a big way moving forward. He’d initially be used to protect the rim and grab rebounds before the young man develops more of an offensive game. That’s primarily what the Warriors need right now.
Adding Wiseman to the mix at No. 2 on Wednesday would complete the Warriors’ starting five barring a blockbuster trade. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt with Andrew Wiggins, Green and Wiseman in the front court wouldn’t be too shabby. It would also allow the Warriors to search for depth in free agency and potentially using the Andre Iguodala trade exception (see below).
Update: Nov. 15, 3:41 PM EST
Golden State Warriors rumors: Andre Iguodala trade exception
Golden State has until Nov. 23 to use the $17.2 million trade exception it created in the Andre Iguodala deal ahead of the start of the 2019-20 NBA season. It was previously noted that Golden State might let the deadline pass without using said trade exception. That changed drastically last week when the NBA announced it would be giving tax-payer teams a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic and financial downfall it created.
Now, about a week until the deadline, Warriors rumors suggest that a trade could potentially be on the horizon. The trade exception is simple. Golden State can take back $17.2 million more plus $100,000 in salary in a trade.
It’s certainly a valuable took for the Warriors as they attempt to move on from an injury-plagued 2019-20 NBA season and once again find themselves in championship contention. Should the Warriors use said exception, they have been linked to the likes of Rudy Gay, Kelly Oubre, Aaron Gordon and Ricky Rubio.
Whatever does happen here, Golden State will want to get an impact veteran. The team simply isn’t going to absorb a contract and take that type of hit without acquiring someone of legitimate ability. Once free agency opens and teams look to dump salaries, we’re going to hear more on this front.
Golden State Warriors rumors: Ownership pushing for LaMelo Ball in draft
“Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reported (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area) that a source told him there is a rumor going around the NBA that Warriors ownership could force the front office to take Ball if (James) Wiseman is off the board. Another source close to the Warriors told Wasserman that there are “both pro-Ball and anti-Ball voices in the front office.”
There’s certainly a lot to look at here. Led by owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, the Warriors have pretty much let their front office run the ship. They’re all about providing the cash flexibility for general manager Bob Myers. This would obviously create a rift that we have not seen from the winning organization.
Secondly, Golden State has been linked to both Ball and Wiseman in the past. Both make sense for a number of reasons. Ball could become that third guard behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, providing a much-needed scoring threat off the bench. After that, some within the Warriors’ organization envision him as a potential face of the franchise.
Although, there’s also something to be said about Wiseman. Former Phoenix Suns first-round bust Marquese Chriss has performed well with Golden State. He’s also 23 years old and boasts a nice amount of upside. Outside of that, the Warriors don’t have a true center on their roster. Wiseman is pro-ready and could step into a big role for a team that will still likely be in championship contention next season.
Golden State Warriors rumors: Team already receiving interest for second pick
“Golden State has definitely had talks about moving down,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said Monday. “They have been offered some interesting packages from what I have been told, but nothing that has struck their fancy just yet.”
Rumors have suggested for a while that the Warriors are looking to move the second pick. They want to get a third star to team up with Curry and Thompson. Despite his hefty salary and solid play after being acquired in the D’Angleo Russell trade, Andrew Wiggins is not seen as that.
However, Golden State would likely need a game changer in order to move the second pick. It has been linked to the likes of Myles Turner, John Collins, Aaron Gordon and Jrue Holiday in rumors as of late. Do any of those four players actually move the needle enough? It’s a real question.
As much as the Warriors believe the can contend with the Lakers and Clippers out west next season, they also have to be looking to the future.
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Rumors suggest that the Warriors are deeply resigned to trading the No. 2 pick in this year’s annual event, primarily because they are more focused on adding a veteran player. Said rumors also indicate that Golden State is higher on 2021 draft prospects.
Remember, it has the Minnesota Timberwolves top-three protected pick next year stemming from the above-mentioned Russell-Wiggins trade.
The question now becomes what Golden State does from here out. It has options. In addition to those two valuable picks, the Warriors boast a $17-plus million trade exception from the Andre Iguodala deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
All of this seems to suggest that something is afoot in Northern California. What that might mean remains to be seen.
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Author: Vincent Frank