Grading the Golden State Warriors' offseason moves after 20 games

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Jordan Poole, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Ryan Rollins, 2027 second-round pick and protected 2030 first-round pick for Chris Paul and the 57th overall pick

In one of the most earth-shattering Warrior trades in recent years, Dunleavy wasted no time in making his imprint on the franchise and the roster. Just days after publicly stating his desire to retain Jordan Poole for at least the next four years, the young guard was dealt to the Washington Wizards, along with 2022 draft picks Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins.

The return? A veteran point-guard in Chris Paul who had long been an enemy of the franchise. There was a lot of negative reaction, many fans could scarcely believe Paul was now a Warrior let alone even consider his fit on the team from a playing standpoint.

20 games in and it's fair to say the results have been positive, even if the team record hasn't followed suit. Paul shot the ball horrifically to start the season, yet impacted in other ways as his secure ball-handling and playmaking aided in Golden State's 5-1 start.

The 12-time All-Star is averaging 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists, not inspiring numbers but he's also playing over five minutes less per game having embraced a sixth-man role. He's missed the last two games with a leg injury, though it's not expected to be a long absence.

Meanwhile, Poole continues to be a walking meme, mostly for negative reasons this season. His erratic play has continued, having shot 39.1% on the season and just 28.6% from three-point range. The 24-year-old has shown some positive signs over recent games, but many Washington fans have been left incredibly frustrated over the season to date.

On the periphery of the deal, Baldwin and Rollins are doing little to suggest the Warriors will come to regret giving up on them. Golden State also got the 57th pick out of it which has resulted in a major positive, but more on that next.

Grade: B