A turbulent season for the Golden State Warriors came to an end in the second-round against the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving a period of uncertainty as the future of some key players comes under the microscope.
While Golden State’s initial focus will be towards the draft, they’ll follow that with a big free agency period that could determine what the franchise does with a number of contracted players from a trade perspective.
The Golden State Warriors’ disappointing 2022-23 season saw the trade value of many players stagnate or depreciate heading into a big offseason.
One of the biggest issues for the Warriors is the changing perception for a number of players over the course of the season. Veteran trio Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are almost assuredly off the trade table anyway, but regardless, their age means their trade value isn’t exactly on the up.
Andrew Wiggins remains a valuable two-way that almost every team could do with, particularly given he’ll now be on a new four-year, $109 million contract that appears team friendly. However, he did miss 45 regular season games and wasn’t quite the same impactful player that he was in the 2022 postseason.
Of their young players, Jonathan Kuminga’s trade value looked to increase through a positive regular season, but his axing from the playoff rotation may have undone a lot of that over the past month.
Jordan Poole’s shifted from one of the most talented young guards in the league, to one of the most overpaid as he moves into a new four-year, $140 million contract. We’re now looking at a player who’s negative value may force the Warriors to give up picks in order to get off his long-term money.
Moses Moody was one of the few positives of the Golden State postseason, though it’s unlikely that his value would be any higher than it was 12 months ago. Patrick Baldwin Jr. showed signs during the regular season, but his lack of playing time means he’s yet to be worth more than the 28th pick he was taken at last year.
It leaves the Warriors with few players that actually increased their trade value across the last 12 months. Let’s have a look at two that did, coming on the back of strong individual form in the 2022-23 season.