The Mitchel Robinson deal
The Golden State Warriors need a solid big man.
Mitchell Robinson may not ever be a superstar, but he is a solid big man nonetheless. A 22-year-old former second-round pick, Robinson shot a league-high 74.2% from the field this past season, taking 5.6 field goal attempts per game.
In this deal, Robinson may not even be considered the prime piece.
A perennially bad team, that first-round pick, as long as it wouldn’t have been heavily protected, would be what pushes the needle. Trier is also a top young guard that’s shown potential during his short stint in the NBA.
As for the Knicks, Russell is the player that would transcend their franchise. He’s the player that would fill the seats again. It’s not Julius Randle or R.J. Barrett. That’s why throwing the farm at Golden State would’ve been something they should’ve considered more heavily.
At the end of the day, Wiggins and a first, although there were more details, wasn’t too much to ask. That said, this trade feels like it could’ve been a win-win.