One of the only players not on a minimum-value deal is Kevon Looney. Looney exploded onto the scene after a terrific 2019 postseason run. His development and value were on full effect primarily against the Houston Rockets.
On a struggling frontcourt, Looney was projected to be a key contributor this season.
Injuries hampered his season, a season in which he played just 20 games and started four. Looney, during the 2019-2020 season, averaged 3.4 points per game on 37% from the field. Last season, before his new contract, he almost doubled his averages from this season.
The Warriors need the frontcourt help that Looney was supposed to give.
However, if they are awarded a top pick and select James Wiseman, Looney almost becomes indispensable. While he may not have much trade value, getting Looney off the payroll may free up enough to bring in some additional depth either behind Wiggins or Curry.
There’s not going to be any good reason to give up on Looney yet. Only if they view the potential small financial game as enough to depart ways with their former first-round pick. That said, the only real player that could move this offseason comes in at No. 1.