Risk level: low
The Golden State Warriors have a pressing need for more playmaking in the second unit. Jordan Poole has grown leaps and bounds since his rookie year but he still leaves some to be desired as a distributor.
In his spark plug sixth man role, Poole is everything the Warriors need. He can score in bunches and provide a three-headed monster in the backcourt next to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson that is nearly impossible to contain.
Yet, he’s never been an elite defender (he has improved) and his decision-making remains an occasional problem. It’s possible, though unlikely, Poole is on the market this summer if the Warriors are punished for their lack of a floor general outside of Curry and Draymond Green.
Poole is one of the most moveable assets the Warriors have. He’s young, on a reasonable contract and brings value to whoever trades for him.
It would be difficult to find a clear upgrade, however. Poole is only 22 years old and could very well blossom into a more reliable creator for others. For this reason, his risk level is relatively low.