Regardless of what happens moving forward on the season, the Golden State Warriors will be looking to pull off a blockbuster trade during the summer.
With Klay Thompson slated to return to full health during the 2021-22 campaign and Stephen Curry playing at an otherworldly level, these Warriors view their previously narrow championship window as being wide open.
That should lead to an aggressive offseason for general manager Bob Myers and a Warriors ownership group that’s willing to spend. Flush with one of the biggest non-player assets in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick, Golden State also has chips to make a big move. Below, we look at five blockbusters the Warriors could look to make.
Golden State Warriors trade for Ben Simmons
- Warriors get: Ben Simmons
- 76ers get: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves first-round pick
The Warriors might actually push back against trading the 26-year-old Wiggins given how well he’s played this season. The former No. 1 pick is averaging 18.3 points and 4.8 rebounds on a stellar 47% shooting from the field. He’s also going to get some play as an All-NBA Defensive Team performer having posted a 2.6 Defensive Win Shares on the season.
With that said, Simmons would act as an upgrade on both defense and from a ball distribution standpoint. He boasts a Defensive Win Shares of 3.2 on the campaign and is averaging 7.7 assists throughout his career. The addition of Simmons would enable both Curry and Thompson to play more off-ball. Imagine the Splash Brothers getting set up with wide open shots from both Simmons and Draymond Green in the frontcourt. That’d be too much fun.
Golden State Warriors trade for Domantas Sabonis
- Warriors get: Domantas Sabonis
- Pacers get: James Wiseman, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, 2025 first-round pick
Imagine being able to acquire an All-Star forward without having to give up that valuable Timberwolves first-round pick. This has to be considered the Warriors’ goal during what promises to be a busy offseason in San Francisco. And it just so happens we’ve heard rumors that Sabonis could be on his way out of Indiana.
In this hypothetical, the Pacers acquire a talented former No. 2 pick to team up with Malcolm Brogdon. In return, the Warriors nab a 25-year-old big who is averaging 20.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists on the season. Imagine Sabonis at the four with another elite passer in Draymond Green playing small-ball center. Add in Wiggins at the wing with the Splash Brothers doing their thing in the backcourt, and this is an immediate NBA title contender.
Golden State Warriors trade for Kristaps Porzingis
- Warriors get: Kristaps Porzingis
- Mavericks get: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall
The Warriors were linked to this injury-plagued big man leading up to the NBA trade deadline in March. Meanwhile, the Mavericks have been said to be open to trading Porzingis. Right now, Dallas is nothing more than a mid-tier playoff team with the Unicorn acting the part of a second star behind MVP candidate Luka Doncic. What does this mean? It would not be a surprise if owner Mark Cuban changed things up should Dallas struggle in the postseason.
As for a fit in Golden State, it’s seemingly questionable. The Warriors would likely have to move off James Wiseman in a separate trade, forming a big man duo of Porzingis and Draymond Green in the process. Whoever the Dubs are able to acquire for Wiseman could then help add to a questionable bench. Either way, a starting five of Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Green and Porzingis could work.
Golden State Warriors trade for Zach LaVine
- Warriors get: Zach Lavine
- Bulls get: Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves first-round pick
It now seems highly unlikely that Chicago moves off LaVine after trading for fellow All-Star Nikola Vučević back in March. Even then, things have not necessarily panned out with this duo in the Windy City since that blockbuster deal. In fact, the Bulls are 9-13 in the 22 games Vučević has played with the team. Meanwhile, LaVine is slated to become a free agent following the 2021-22 season.
In making this deal, Chicago would be adding a tremendous 3-and-D wing in Wiggins while acquiring the valuable Timberwolves first-round pick. They could flip said pick for a third star. As for the Warriors, adding a near 30-point per game scorer out in the wing to team up with Curry and Thompson would make them explosive. With Green and Wiseman manning the inside, this could shape into a title contender.
Golden State Warriors trade for Bradley Beal
- Warriors get: Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans
- Wizards get: Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney, Timberwolves first-round pick, two future first-round picks
A blockbuster to end all blockbusters. Washington might now want to run it back with Beal and former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook next season after some recent success. With that said, rumors continue to persist that the reigning scoring leader might want out of D.C. in favor of a championship contender. If so, these Golden State Warriors are seen as one of the favorites to land Beal.
In return, Washington nabs two tremendous young players in Wiseman and Poole as well as the aforementioned first-round pick from Minnesota. Add in Wiggins and two future first-round picks, and this could work. As for Golden State, a trio of Curry, Thompson and Beal would scare the living heck out of opposing Western Conference powerhouses.