Warriors’ Lauri Markkanen trade deal gets complicated update

Klay Thompson’s free agency departure this offseason dealt a blow to the Golden State Warriors. With a few smart free agent acquisitions, they have attempted to recuperate as much as possible. However, Utah Jazz star Lauri Markkanen might be the greatest trade domino the Warriors are attempting to topple.

Markkanen may or may not be available for trade, but the Warriors are allegedly still enquiring. However, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports that the constraints of the Warriors’ possible offer could stand in the way of a Lauri Markkanen deal between the Jazz and Warriors.

Jones reports that, “Golden State has an offer on the table and it’s substantial [for Lauri Markkanen]. I think offers are heavily pick-based…What complicates it is the Warriors only have two unprotected picks, plus a protected first rounder.”

Given that Markkanen is one of the NBA’s top rising talents, it is reasonable to wonder if the Warriors will be able to convince the Jazz to trade for them with just those picks. Mikal Bridges was recently traded by the New York Knicks to the Brooklyn Nets, who received four unprotected first-round picks in exchange. One could argue that Markkanen is a superior player to Bridges.

One of the most sought-after players on the trade market this offseason is Markkanen. In his debut season with the Jazz, 2022–2023; he was an All-Star. Markkanen played in 55 games during the previous season, averaging just over 33 minutes per contest. With splits of 48 percent shooting from the field, 39.9 percent from the three-point line, and 89.9 percent from the free-throw line, he averaged 23.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.

Warriors looking to stay competitive for 2024-25 season

Despite losing Klay Thompson in the offseason, Stephen Curry is still a member of the Warriors. Curry is signed through the 2025–2026 season with his current agreement. It is consistent with the most recent extension that head coach Steve Kerr signed. Curry has to give the Warriors every opportunity to field a strong playoff team.

While it would be a tremendous move for the Warriors to acquire Lauri Markkanen, it is far from certain that they will make a deal. The Warriors have added a few significant free agents that should benefit the squad in the upcoming year.

The Warriors completed trades with Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton in addition to executing a sign-and-trade to acquire Buddy Hield. Even though none of those guys are Thompson, their combined impact ought to somewhat counterbalance Thompson’s output. The Warriors attempted to deal Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers before pursuing Markkanen.

Losing to the Sacramento Kings in the play-in game prevented the Warriors from making the playoffs the previous season. They won the first round of the playoffs the previous year, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals.


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