Grade the Trade: Warriors add dream target in aspirational pitch

Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors and Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz
Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors and Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages
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Something is not clicking for Golden State Warriors this season. They are floundering below .500 and have given away a number of double-digit leads, including three last week alone. They seem slow, small and old, not to mention the tension of how to divide playing time between struggling veterans and unproven young players.

This is a proud team whose core has won four titles, and the answer might be patience to allow them to work these struggles out. The answer might also be aggression on the trade market, making a big swing to stay in contention this year rather than risk wasting one of the last seasons of Stephen Curry's prime.

Could the Warriors take a big swing via trade?

There are trades on the margins to pursue, but if the Warriors want to go for a big swing, they absolutely have to target bigger players. Adding Zach LaVine, for example, doesn't solve the biggest problems the Warriors are facing.

Who should the Warriors target, then? There are a handful of possibilities among those likely to be available at the Trade Deadline, from OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam on the Toronto Raptors to Jerami Grant on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Blue Man Hoop's site expert Peter O'Keefe recently identified one player who could potentially be available for the right offer and is the "absolute dream target" for the Warriors. Let's look at what a trade could look like and if it makes sense for the Warriors to pull the trigger.