When the Washington Wizards traded for Jordan Poole from the Golden State Warriors during the offseason, most viewed it as a calculated gamble for a team clearly entering a full-blown rebuild.
Poole was viewed as someone who, released from more limited opportunity behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, could thrive as the first or second option on a team. There was speculation that he could average 25 points per game, perhaps be a first-time All-Star.
After his departure from the Golden State Warriors in June, NBA champion Jordan Poole could find himself somewhere else again before the end of the 2023-24 season.
It's only early, but the returns for Poole in Washington haven't been good to date. Somewhat ironically, he's struggled as the main guy on the Wizards, while the Warriors have actually missed his supplementary scoring at times this season.
Poole is averaging 15.5 points on 39.2% shooting from the floor and just 27.8% from three-point range. He's also averaging a career-high 3.2 turnovers per game, and the defensive lapses are leaving Washington fans as frustrated as it often did for Golden State.
Instead of being a piece the Wizards could build around over the next few years, long-time reporter Marc Stein believes the former Warrior guard could be moved to a new home within the last 12 months.
Asking whether the Wizards are trying to rebuild Poole's value for a future trade or make him a cornerstone player, Stein provided an ominous response in his Substack newsletter last week.
""My sense, from speaking to various league observers, is that more believe it is the former rather than the latter with Poole in Year 1 of a four-year, $123 million contract," Stein wrote."
It's been a fair fall for Poole who's talent and production in a Golden State championship run prompted the franchise to offer him that above deal. Despite some struggles, he still averaged over 20 points last season, making his current 15.5 points per game even more startling.
Given Poole's current output, the Wizards may find it a tough task to get a buyer that's willing to give up anything of value. Either way, you can guarantee the Warriors won't be making a play to re-acquire their once dynamic young guard.
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