The Golden State Warriors are less than one calendar year away from winning an NBA championship, and that team is still largely intact. There is a reasonable argument to be made for the franchise to stay the course this summer, keep the group together, and make another run at the title next season.
Yet the Warriors are also less than a month away from losing in six games to a Los Angeles Lakers team that then went on to be swept by the Denver Nuggets. Steve Kerr was proven right when he said that this roster was maxed out. That speaks to an organizational position that changes need to be made this summer.
The Golden State Warriors are likely to pursue trades this summer
There are a number of deals the Warriors could pursue, but the most likely way to upgrade the team on the trade market is to move Jordan Poole. Next season his extension kicks in, which gives the Warriors a $28.7 million base salary with which to go salary matching in deals. We recently discussed four stars that the Warriors could pursue in a Jordan Poole trade.
One such star was Pascal Siakam, who helped the Toronto Raptors take down the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. The Raptors have too many frontcourt players and need to pursue a deal of their own to help build a better roster construction.
If they start listening to trade offers for Siakam, here is one construction that the Warriors could pitch. Let’s dig into the details and see if it would work for both sides.