Despite all of the rumors, the Golden State Warriors don’t have any immediate plans to trade Andrew Wiggins.
As soon as the Golden State Warriors acquired D’Angelo Russell it was assumed they would later trade him. This prediction came true when they exchanged Russell for Andrew Wiggins and two future NBA Draft picks. Despite speculation, the Warriors don’t plan on flipping Wiggins in the same fashion.
Anthony Slater of The Athletic delved deep into the Dubs’ future and what the franchise has planned. According to him, the front office doesn’t have any plans of trading Wiggins just yet.
"“…they got Wiggins with the expectation that he’ll be their starting small forward next season, not just a matching contract to flip (like they did with D’Angelo Russell).”"
Slater and many people around the team believe Wiggins can be a longterm member of the roster and will help the Warriors next season.
Wiggins is certainly a better fit for the team than Russell was. Although D-Lo may be the more talented individual with a bright future, Wiggins fills a bigger positional need and won’t be stealing minutes from the backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
The Dubs will ask Wiggins to be a reliable third option on offense while holding his own defensively. The athletic forward has a chance to erase his last few years of disappointment by becoming a valuable asset to the Warriors.
Still, concerns of his consistency and energy level will surround the team until he proves himself otherwise. Wiggins will have to become a master of the little things if he wants to succeed. Thus far in his career, he has not shown any interest in rounding out his game.
Nonetheless, it seems Golden State will be giving him a full opportunity to show his worth. The Warriors will not trade Wiggins before he at least gets a chance to play alongside a fully healthy roster.