If the Golden State Warriors want to reenter genuine title contention this offseason, they may need to make some personnel changes. With a squad that was largely identical to what they had previous season, the club was able to win the 2022 NBA championship; nevertheless, Jordan Poole’s decline and the departure of numerous important role players contributed to a devastating second-round loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In a recent piece, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report suggested trading for Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby in the offseason as the Warriors attempt to recapture their championship form.
In this proposed deal, Jordan Poole, Ryan Rollins, and a 2023 first-round draft pick would go to Toronto, while O.G. Anunoby and Thaddeus Young would be sent to Golden State. The Raptors gain a key element to kickstart their rebuild – if they want to ultimately go down that road – while the Warriors get a reliable starting wing to complement their big three.
Poole is a very intriguing trade asset because, despite being old enough to serve as a centerpiece for a rebuild, he was erratic in his play last season and is being paid like a star. Although it’s uncertain whether Poole is the kind of player Toronto wants to commit to long-term, a trade for a reliable starting option would be ideal if the Warriors were to move him this summer.