The Golden State Warriors remained virtually unchanged before the deadline, despite their 11th-place standing in the Western Conference. Although they did execute a trade of Cory Joseph to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second round selection, Golden State did not make a move that would have likely turned around a very poor season.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Mike Dunleavy Jr., general manager of the Warriors, stated:
“We explored a lot and frankly there wasn’t a lot out there that we thought could improve us significantly at an appropriate price.”
Although there were a few potential fits on the trade market, many of those players were too expensive for a club with little resources, thus this was always going to be Golden State’s toughest obstacle. It was unlikely that a salary-filler package featuring Chris Paul and/or Andrew Wiggins would yield anything unless Golden State was prepared to give up one of their young, talented players.
Despite not making any significant changes, the Warriors remain optimistic that they will salvage this season; yet, there is understandable pessimism from the fan base and others who just do not see it happening with this squad. Nevertheless, the Warriors will try to push with their core of Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green, Steph Curry, and others now that they have what they have.