2. Dubs give up on young talent to land a big man
The Wizards are embarking on a full-scale rebuild and did a shocking trade with the Warriors this summer. Jordan Poole is now the center of the offense in the nation’s capital. Washington is not trying to win this season, which likely puts any veteran player on the trade block.
Gafford is only 24 years old and under contract for three more years. It only makes sense to move him if the Wizards can get a young talent or draft picks to help their rebuild. Would the Dubs part with Jonathan Kuminga to make such a deal?
The expectations are raised for Kuminga this season. Can he meet them? If not, Golden State may look to move on at the deadline.
Daniel Gafford can protect the rim, but he is a traditional center. The Warriors could use him in the second unit to finish lobs from Chris Paul, and Gafford is another option to guard Nikola Jokic in the playoffs. The Dubs must take out the defending champions to win it all and need multiple looks to throw at the two-time MVP.
The Golden State Warriors have to give up Gary Payton II to make the math work, which likely makes this move a hard no. It is an option on the board for the talented big man, and there may only be one better available to them.