5 Players Warriors might replace Jonathan Kuminga with by the trade deadline

Golden State Warriors, Jonathan Kuminga. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Golden State Warriors pushed their chips all in this summer when they traded Jordan Poole for Chris Paul. It is still shocking to see the legendary point guard in a Dubs uniform, but it is happening. The two-timeline plan is gone, and the Warriors hope to avoid any training camp issues as they build towards another championship run.

Jonathan Kuminga came up in trade rumors (subscription required) this summer but is still on the Warriors. The seventh overall pick in 2021 improved last season before falling out of the playoff rotation. Can Kuminga finally break out? He was unhappy with his role last season, and it could be a crossroads year for the 6’8 forward. Either he reaches new heights or is searching for a role on a new team.

Early signs from Kuminga have been positive, but what if things go south? The Warriors could have him on the trade block. Their front office would be searching for a rotation player to improve their title odds, and there will be no shortage of options if Golden State is willing to package multiple salaries together to complete the trade.

5. Royce O’Neale

The Warriors had arguably the best starting five in basketball last season when healthy and added Chris Paul to that mix, but there are significant questions behind their top six. Can Gary Payton II stay healthy and be an impactful rotation piece? Do the young players step up and become role players? Can the Dubs get anything out of the veterans they signed to round out their roster? If the answer to all three is no, Golden State will have depth issues this season.

The Warriors can trade two first-round picks, five seconds, and three swaps. It may not be enough to land a superstar, but it is plenty to acquire depth.

Royce O’Neale has been on the trade block this offseason. He is making $9.5 million in the final year of his deal, and the Nets reportedly want a first-round pick in return. The 6’4 wing is a 3-and-D option that would allow the Warriors to go small and play five out with Draymond at center.

Golden State would be undersized with Chris Paul joining Stephen Curry in the backcourt, which could be problematic defensively. O’Neale is a tough and versatile defender who could ease that burden.

Royce O’Neale makes $3.5 million more than Jonathan Kuminga, but the Golden State Warriors could put together a couple of contracts to land the 6’4 wing if a need arises.