Pass or Play with 5 Golden State Warriors trade targets if Chicago Bulls blow it up

Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors and Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
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Pass or Play: DeMar DeRozan

It's the final minute of the game, the Warriors are down one. Stephen Curry has the ball but he's double-teamed, forcing him to give up the ball. Who on the Warriors should be trusted with the last shot? Klay Thompson hit a game-winner earlier this season but he can't gain separation on his own in most situations. Chris Paul needs time to get into a rhythm shot. Andrew Wiggins can't hit the ocean from a boat right now. Jonathan Kuminga? Brandin Podziemski?

The answer could be DeMar DeRozan. The 34-year-old wing is no stranger to clutch shots, and if he were on the Warriors he would provide a second option to create offense when opposing teams scheme Curry out of the play. It would be exceedingly difficult to double Curry and keep DeRozan from getting a shot off at the same time.


DeRozan is on an expiring contract and seems like a prime trade candidate if the Bulls decide to blow it up. He's off to a cold start to the season, hitting just 45.1 percent of his 2-pointers, but assuming his shots start falling he could be an ideal second option to step up beside Curry.

Defensively, however, DeRozan is much more of a liability. Do the Warriors risk putting Chris Paul, Curry and DeRozan all on the court for important defensive possessions? Will defenses respect DeRozan when he's spotting up off-the-ball and Curry is handling the ball? There is also the question of which key player would be sent out as matching salary, as DeRozan's value isn't necessarily all that greater than Wiggins or Paul.

DeRozan is a great regular season player, a worse postseason one, and ultimately would solve just one specific issue for the Warriors and bring a whole host of other questions along.

Verdict: Pass