1. Warriors go star hunting in title chase
What if Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins fail to improve? The Dubs do not want to give Jonathan Kuminga massive minutes. Chris Paul is past his prime, and Draymond Green won’t become a scorer. That leaves Golden State with a problem only a blockbuster trade can fix.
There will be stars available before the deadline, but the Warriors do not want Demar DeRozan or Zach LaVine. They need someone who can defend multiple positions, score, and make plays if they must part ways with Chris Paul. Golden State does not have the assets to chase a superstar, but they could go after Pascal Siakam if Toronto embarks on a rebuild.
Siakam is in the final year of his contract and the two sides are not working on an extension. The Raptors need to lock him up long-term or move on. The two-time All-Star would need time to fit into Golden State’s system. He loves to iso but is a strong playmaker. Coach Kerr likely lets Siakam run the second unit while figuring out how to mesh him with the first group.
The Golden State Warriors could go in several different directions to add size and offensive punch before the deadline. Will they make a blockbuster trade or stand pat hoping for internal improvement? It is too early to tell, but the Dubs are all in. Expect them to do whatever they believe gives them the best chance at winning it all in 2024.