Grade the Trade: Golden State Warriors trade Wiggins back to Wolves in blockbuster pitch

Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors and Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors and Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves / Kavin Mistry/GettyImages
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The Golden State Warriors have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA. They have managed to fill out the bench with players at every position who can contribute, from veterans like Chris Paul and Gary Payton II to rookies like Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis.

The problem is that they don't have a second scorer to step up alongside Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP is having an elite season, but when he is taken out of a play there is not an obvious wingman to step up. Klay Thompson has lost a step and is in an extended shooting slump, Draymond Green is neither a scorer nor on the court, and Chris Paul is an orchestrator, not a bucket-getter. Jonathan Kuminga isn't ready. Jordan Poole is gone. Kevin Durant isn't walking through that door.

Andrew Wiggins is struggling

Andrew Wiggins should be the answer to that question, as he was for much of the title run in 2022. Instead, Wiggins has been laboring through a poor start to the season in every facet of the game. His defense is inconsistent, his rebounding is down, his turnovers are up, and he's shooting just 42.1 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep.

Wiggins will likely regress to his career mean and play better moving forward; there were signs of life over the past two games. At the same time, even a better Wiggins may not give Curry the offensive support that he needs.

Should the Warriors target a secondary scorer on the trade market? If so, Wiggins' versatile skillset and reasonable contract should make him a valuable trade asset. Let's look at one trade in particular that on the surface looks like a win-win for both sides. Digging deeper, does it make sense for the Warriors?

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