Warriors could send Andrew Wiggins to Raptors for Kelly Olynyk, Jalen McDaniels

It is anticipated that the Golden State Warriors will be busy in the offseason. The current roster did not make it into the postseason, as Joe Lacob has publicly stated that he wants the team to avoid paying the luxury tax. In order to strengthen the roster, the Warriors front management may investigate possible trade possibilities.

One trade that would make sense for the Warriors would be sending Andrew Wiggins to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jalen McDaniels and Kelly Olynyk, according to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report. Wiggins, who had consistency issues the previous season, may be considered a valuable trade asset.

“The Warriors seem as aware of their spending as ever, as they should be,” Buckley wrote. “They failed to make the playoffs in three of the past five years. That’s a tough fact to marry with their free-wheeling spending style…This deal not only would save them some money—Olynyk and McDaniels will make a combined $17.5 million next season—but it could also widen the rotation with a stretch center (Olynyk) and a three-and-D swingman (McDaniels).”

The Warriors would have respectable size, defense, and floor spacing with Olynyk. His skill level would mesh nicely with the offensive and defensive schemes devised by Steve Kerr. Either in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, he may establish himself as a reliable member of the rotation.

The Warriors would also benefit from McDaniels defense as they try to establish greater balance on both ends of the field. A transaction similar to the one Buckley suggests could be a good option for the front staff to investigate if Golden State is wanting to reduce some salary and add depth at multiple spots.






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