The Golden State Warriors are expected to be active heading towards the February 8 trade deadline, with the franchise floundering at a 15-17 record in a loaded Western Conference.
Clearly the priority is to get better, for the Warriors to ideally bring in a 'second guy' capable of lifting the team back into the realm of where their pre-season ambitions lay. Yet that doesn't mean Golden State should ignore the future of their players, with one youngster needing to be moved for their own personal benefit.
If things remain as they currently stand, Moses Moody should be traded away from the Golden State Warriors by February's trade deadline
In what proved a major side-note to a 132-122 loss, Moses Moody officially received a DNP on Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks. In one sense there was an element of inevitability about it, in another there's genuine surprise given the impact he's provided the Warriors at different points this season.
Moody was one of the Warriors' best in the disappointing loss on Thursday night against the Miami Heat. He had 10 points in less than 13 minutes, along with a couple of blocked shots on Heat guard Tyler Herro.
Yet prior to that, the third-year wing was limited to just 150 seconds of game time against the Denver Nuggets on Christmas Day. With Gary Payton II making his return against the Mavericks, Moody was the obvious player to fall out of the rotation.
Still, that's not to say fans can't be frustrated by Moody's axing, particularly when they had to watch Klay Thompson score three points on 1-of-11 shooting. Give some of the five-time All-Star's minutes to Moody and Golden State may have ended with a different result.
Unfortunately it doesn't work like that. Thompson has to play. Andrew Wiggins has to play. Jonathan Kuminga has to play. Not everyone can play. The Warriors are deep yet don't have enough top-end talent, making Moody a DNP on one night and a potential closer on another.
It's an unfortunate set of circumstances where no one is really to blame. Moody's good enough to be playing 15-20 minutes every game in this league, but it's also hard to see how he can at the Warriors.
The former 14th overall pick is now nearing the halfway mark of his third season. This should be the point where he's looking towards a contract extension in the offseason, same too can be said for Kuminga.
The front office has to put the franchise above any individual player, unless your name is Stephen Curry. However, one could argue they should just move on from Moody for his sake, rather than what Golden State necessarily gets in return.
That's not to say they should trade Moody for peanuts, but he's shown enough this season to suggest there'd be a suitor out there with a viable offer. If the Warriors continue to limit Moody's playing time and subsequently his money-making powers in the future, then a move simply has to be made before the deadline.