In the upcoming offseason, the Golden State Warriors will look to use their draft capital with some of their young players to compile trade packages to trade for a win-now star that can play along with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. By making a trade and using their assets, they can compete now, but also extend their dynasty into the future.
The Warriors’ biggest contracts aside from their star backcourt are Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins, so most trades will be centered around one of their contracts with other assets added in according to value. The Warriors will most likely be looking for star-level players or an upgrade on their current depth and defense.
10. Myles Turner
Golden State Warriors Receive: Myles Turner
Indiana Pacers Receive: Kevon Looney, Marquese Chriss (Sign and Trade), Damion Lee (Sign and Trade), Eric Paschall, a future first-round pick
This trade gives the Warriors a win-now player in Myles Turner: he’d be the perfect center for the Warriors. Turner spaces the floor and defends at a high level. On the Warriors, he would have a limited role offensively, but he would be able to blossom even more defensively alongside Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. How Turner fits with Domantas Sabonis in the long run will determine whether Turner is traded; but the trade would make sense considering it’s difficult to run two traditional big men in your starting lineup.
In this trade the Warriors would send away a group of role players in Damion Lee, Marquese Chriss and Kevon Looney: they would be solid players to have on your bench, and have experience being with a championship-winning franchise. The main player that is the attraction here ie Eric Paschall. Paschall is a wrecking ball at the power forward position, with sneaky athleticism, inside moves and a developing jumper. While Paschall had a few bumps in his learning process, he made an All-Rookie team and could become something special for the Pacers. If the Pacers trade Turner and move Sabonis to center, they’ll need a new power forward and Paschall fits the bill.
9. Rudy Gobert
Golden State Warriors Receive: Rudy Gobert
Utah Jazz Receive: Draymond Green, Eric Paschall
Rudy Gobert would be a supercharged version of a rim-running center who can play great defense, and set physical screens. Essentially, he’d be perfect to play most minutes at C for the Warriors. The Jazz might want to avoid paying Gobert a lot of money, so they could try to recoup their losses via trade, instead of paying Gobert big money. Rudy Gobert is on a one year deal, so the Warriors would only give up a few assets for a player they won’t likely pay.
Draymond Green and Eric Paschall could both be good pieces for the future and the present; Paschall, in particular, is a developing talent who has some dynamic playmaking ability at the forward position. Draymond Green would hopefully replace the defensive presence of Gobert for the Jazz as well.
8. Brandon Ingram
Golden State Warriors Receive: Brandon Ingram (Sign and Trade), 2020 No. 13 overall pick
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: Andrew Wiggins, 2020 No. 2 overall pick
It is well known that the Warriors are looking to trade their No. 2 pick for another star. This sign and trade deal would allow them to do that, while only having to trade down. The Warriors would give up Wiggins in the sign and trade for Ingram. Ingram is a restricted free agent this upcoming season. If Ingram truly wants to leave the Pelicans, he could be traded to the Warriors to allow the Pelicans to get an asset with the acquisition of Wiggins who is a 20 PPG scorer.
The pick swap would allow both teams to find what they want in the draft. The Pelicans would pick up an impactful prospect at No. 2, while the Warriors would trade down to No. 13 and find a player who can be a role player on their bench. The sign and trade would allow the Pelicans to get a return for Ingram if he’s unhappy in New Orleans and wants to win immediately.
7. Paul George
Golden State Warriors Receive: Paul George
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Andrew Wiggins, 2020 No. 2 overall pick, a future first-round pick, and a future second-round pick
Paul George’s stock is at an all-time low after his disastrous postseason, but when healthy he is still a two-way, All-NBA forward. George can shoot, defend and create for himself at a high level: he’d be a perfect fit on the Warriors where he wouldn’t have to shoulder half of the load. George would have more space to operate on the Warriors, with two other high-level threats on the floor. That will allow him to have more of an impact in the postseason, where the game will get easier for him.
In this scenario, the Warriors send away Wiggins once again, with a package of picks to help the Clippers restock their assets. Wiggins would hopefully be able to replicate George’s scoring prowess on the Clippers, and the picks would allow the Clippers to draft younger players and improve their core around Kawhi Leonard. The No. 2 pick could be used as part of a further trade package, or the Clippers could draft a high ranked prospect for immediate contribution.
6. Bradley Beal
Golden State Warriors Receive: Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, 2020 No. 2 overall pick, and a future second-round pick
The Warriors going for Bradley Beal would make sense, as they need to replace Kevin Durant’s scoring. Beal has proved that he is a 3 level scorer, and can carry a team offensively. The Warriors could use a player that can split the scoring load with Stephen Curry, especially while Klay Thompson recovers from injury. Beal could play the 2 while Thompson plays the 3, and the Wizards’ star would provide lightning-quick scoring, supercharging the offense.
The package for Beal includes 3 players, with Wiggins being the headliner once again. The Wizards would get the 2020 No. 2 pick on top of all the prospects, allowing them to draft a great prospect for the future. Between Hachimura, Wiggins, Paschall, and all those picks, the Wizards would have a bright future with this trade, all while letting Beal contend on a winning team. This is a win-win trade for all parties.
5. Ben Simmons
Golden State Warriors Receive: Ben Simmons
Philadelphia 76ers Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, Alen Smailagic, 2020 No. 2 Overall Pick, two future first-round picks, and a future second-round pick
Ben Simmons has always done well when surrounded by shooters. He had Robert Covington and J.J Redick on his teams before: imagine Simmons with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Simmons could play the 3 for the Warriors, guarding wings like Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James. Simmons would be the perfect player that the Warriors would need on the defensive end to compete.
Simmons’ passing would allow him to make the game easier for Thompson and Curry. To get Simmons, the Warriors would have to offer up a lot of assets; their young players, their picks, and some sweeteners like Alen Smailagic and the 2nd round pick. Essentially, a deal would have the Warriors metaphorically selling the farm. However, if that means they add an athletic playmaker and savant defender, then it’s worth it.
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
Golden State Warriors Receive: Karl-Anthony Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, 2020 No. 2 overall pick, a future first-round pick, and a future second-round pick
Karl-Anthony Towns is arguably the best stretch 5 in the league. Towns is a sharpshooter from 3 (41.3% from 3PT range), as well as a walking double-double. He would be a great fit in terms of offense on the Warriors, and Draymond Green would help him in getting better on the defensive end. To get him, the Warriors would have to give up a lot of valuable pieces. Towns is young, and the Timberwolves just acquired D’Angelo Russell. That inflates Towns’ value, making the Warriors give up a lot of assets.
In this case, they would send a similar package with their two young prospects in Wiggins and Paschall, as well as adding a solid role player in Looney. If Towns wants out of Minnesota, then it doesn’t get much better than getting a lot of picks and players for the future. Minnesota would be reunited with Andrew Wiggins in this trade as well. Towns would get to compete with the most winning dynasty of our generation while playing alongside two legendary guards.
3. Joel Embiid
Golden State Warriors Receive: Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, and 2020 No. 2 overall pick
In this hypothetical trade, the Warriors would get Joel Embiid to be their defensive presence on the inside. Embiid is a bruising giant who can bully people inside while keeping them somewhat honest on the outside. Embiid’s fit with Ben Simmons is questionable, meaning that he could be traded. In this trade, the Warriors give up a similar package as for the other stars; young players and a good pick.
The Warriors should send Philadelphia a great future package to develop alongside Ben Simmons, meaning it’s a win for both sides. Wiggins and Paschall could work well alongside Simmons as well, as they are passable shooters and scorers. Having more spacing on a roster is never bad, and the same can be said for having a singular dominant inside presence. This trade gives both teams the best of both worlds.
2. James Harden
Golden State Warriors Receive: James Harden
Houston Rockets Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, and 2020 No. 2 overall pick
James Harden would be an amazing, yet unlikely addition to the Warriors. The Warriors will likely dangle this package out there for the Rockets, but it is also likely that the Rockets get better offers for a superstar of Harden’s caliber. This package would consist of the Warriors’ young players, two of which have flashed fairly good scoring ability.
Paschall and Wiggins could give the Rockets some young players to give minutes to, and see if they can develop into franchise cornerstones. The Warriors No. 2 pick in 2020 should also help the Rockets draft a good player, albeit it is known that this is a weak draft class. The Warriors would get to add a Kevin Durant replacement in James Harden. Harden isn’t quite Durant but he is still a consensus top 7 player in the league, and he can replicate the isolation scoring aspect of Kevin Durant’s game.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Golden State Warriors Receive: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, Alen Smailagic, 2020 No. 2 overall pick, and two future first-round picks
Giannis Antetokounmmpo to the Warriors rumors have always been there. There’s no secret that Giannis has been linked to joining Stephen Curry in Golden State, and his fit as a multi-positional threat could make that team unstoppable. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the modern-day version of Shaquille O’Neal finishing anything inside with thunderous dunks. He would be a good fit as a versatile player on the Warriors.
To get Giannis even for a year, the Warriors would have to give up half their roster, along with future picks and the No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft. If Giannis wants out to the Warriors, then surely the Bucks would take this package to not lose him for nothing. Antetokounmpo on the Warriors would be a basketball experiment that the whole world would watch: what happens when the most dominant inside scorer joins the two most dominant outside scorers? We’ll have to wait and see.