Trade Proposal Would Ditch Jordan Poole & Andrew Wiggins for 2 New Stars

Golden State Warriors have an interesting offseason ahead of them after an early elimination from the Western Conference playoffs. They’ve managed to balance winning titles with developing the team’s younger core players for the past two seasons, but they might not be able to do so in the future.

Given Steph Curry’s (35), Klay Thompson’s (33) and Draymond Green’s (33) advancing age, the team may find it necessary to sacrifice rising star Jordan Poole in order to maintain its win-now mentality given his $28.7 million salary. Curry, Thompson, and Green will have already committed $122.6 million to the Warriors.

In a Bleacher Report piece on various potential trade situations for the Warriors, “Pick a Side” podcast host River Brown noted, “They’re pretty much stuck with that core.” Poole would be the focus of the majority of them, which were created by viewers during Brown’s conversation. In one, the Warriors would trade Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Poole, Andrew Wiggins, who will earn $24.3 million as the team’s fifth-highest paid player next season, and Jonathan Kuminga.

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“Woah, that’s a lot!” Brown remarked at one point, appearing to acknowledge the impossibility of such a deal. When one of the viewers objected, Brown said, “This is a hypothetical exchange. It is fiction; we can only dream. Don’t enter this place hating.

After a regular season in which he didn’t improve as anticipated and a disappointing postseason in which he scored 10.3 points per game as opposed to the 17.0 points per game that he scored in the Warriors’ run to the NBA title last season, Poole, who signed a four-year, $128 million extension in October 2022, came to be seen as expendable.

On the “Papa & Lund” podcast on KNBR on May 9, Andscape’s Marc J. Spear said that it might be time for both teams to break ways this offseason. “Really just kind of disappointed in Poole’s everything, from the way he’s played to the lack of accountability as well,” the author said.

In a deal of this size, two franchises would achieve two distinct objectives. Curry, Thompson, Anunoby, Green, and Siakam would be the new starting lineup for Golden State, joining their other essential players.

In the meantime, the Raptors would be starting over by dealing their best player (Siakam) and another member of their core. Nick Nurse has already been sacked; the next move might be to build a new, youthful core. Wiggins, a native of Canada, would take Anunoby’s spot, while Poole, who will turn 24 in June, and Kuminga, 20, would have much more room to grow on a revamped Raptors team.





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