The Golden State Warriors have a complete team this season.
Their second-best record in the league shows their talent and depth as well. While they could use some more rim protection or another superstar scoring option, there really isn’t a trade that makes much sense.
The Golden State Warriors aren’t going to trade for a center as the deadline approaches, but in reality, there may not be a perfect target at all.
Golden State has a few young budding stars like James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga. Both have high trade value if the Warriors were wanting to head down that road, an avenue they clearly aren’t planning to even begin exploring.
However, to really bring in a superstar, the Warriors would have to couple a young stud with Andrew Wiggins which would further complicate the matter. Even for a Myles Turner-like player, the Warriors would have to couple Wiggins as they don’t have much salary cap to work with.
Wiggins’ increased production has made him a staple of the Warriors roster. Players like Jordan Poole and Kuminga have proven too much in their short time to really be on the trading block.
It would seemingly have to be a player like Bradley Beal, and even if he were available, the price just wouldn’t add up. While Turner or a Christan Wood-like player makes the most sense, as noted, the financials wouldn’t work to keep Wiggins in the Bay Area.
When originally traded for, not many assumed that Wiggins would be this important. Because of his max-value contract, it was assumed the Warriors may be overly active in the trade market, at least exploring their options.
However, Wiggins has become one of the premiere two-way forwards in the league, and he’s certainly worthy of an All-Star appearance although it’s unlikely we see him nominated.
Regardless, Wiggins is more than likely staying put this trade deadline, and that’s going to make it difficult for any deal to make sense. The Warriors need a superstar or top-tier rim protector and either would cost too many assets and then also Wiggins.
That said, expect Golden State to stay put with the deadline nearing.