It’s no secret that the Golden State Warriors are looking for more production from their bench, which is scoring the second-least points per game at 21.1. Part of the struggles is due to injuries, and part of it is due to inconsistency from players who are not meeting expectations.
One key position that needs depth is at guard. Backup point guard Toney Douglas has appeared in just nine games this season, as he missed 14 games with a stress reaction in his left tibia. He has barely seen any playing time since returning to action, playing just four minutes in Wednesday night’s win against the Mavericks. The other reserve guards have been nearly non-existent. First round draft pick Nemanja Nedovic clearly needs more time to develop, and Kent Bazemore looks to have regressed from last season.
Thus, it is understandable that the Warriors are taking a look around to see if they can get some help. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News mentioned the Warriors as one of three teams interested in acquiring Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors. Reports from earlier today stated that the Knicks and Raptors were working toward a deal that would sent Lowry to New York, and that appears to be his most likely destination.
In 20 games this season, Lowry is averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 assists as the Raptors’ starting point guard. Although he would clearly provide the scoring punch that the Warriors need off the bench, the Warriors don’t have the pieces to trade for him, unless they want to give up Draymond Green or Harrison Barnes for a one-year rental.
Thus, Lowry will likely be headed to New York, as Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports reports that both the Knicks and Nets are in on him. Looks like the Warriors will have to look elsewhere to find some bench depth.