There are many uncertainties surrounding the Golden State Warriors’ summer strategy because they haven’t yet decided to part ways with the core of the most spectacular team of the last ten years.
Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga, two excellent players whose relationship with the Warriors has been less than perfect, and ultimately their fit, are the main subjects of those queries. Both players are subsequently listed as trade targets for Golden State (although the Warriors are more likely to keep Poole despite the erratic energy between him and starting Draymond Green).
Golden State has nonetheless taken pleasure in its ability to assemble its squad more so through the draft than through free agent or trade additions. Therefore, with the 2023 NBA Draft only a week away, their attention is probably focused mostly on the No. 19 overall choice.
The Warriors are reportedly “also exploring the option of acquiring a high draft pick in exchange for a young prospect like Jonathan Kuminga,” according to ESPN source Jonathan Givony.
Kuminga is a big-bodied striker who has impressed with his potential as a scorer and defender. Several teams in or outside of the lottery may be interested in him. Furthermore, there was already talk that Golden State might try to move Kuminga this winter after the 20-year-old appeared displeased with his lack of playing time during the 2023 NBA Playoffs.
Kuminga, a G League Ignite product and the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, averaged 9.9 points per game for the Warriors last season while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from 3-point range. In 16 starts, he scored 12.1 points on average.