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Golden State Warriors in on Collin Sexton trade, 2 ways it could work

Vincent Frank

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The Golden State Warriors have pretty much been rumored to be interested in every high-profile NBA player on the trade block. That now includes Cleveland Cavaliers star guard Collin Sexton.

According to Evan Dammarell of SB Nation, the Warriors are intrigued with the idea of acquiring the 22-year-old Sexton. However, there’s one caveat here. They are not willing to part with the seventh pick in the upcoming draft or young center James Wiseman.

Whether Sexton is even a fit for the Warriors remains to be seen. He was tremendous from a statistical standpoint last season, averaging a resounding 24.3 points on 48% shooting from the field. However, the Warriors still have two star guards in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as well as a stud young third guard in that of Jordan Poole.

If Golden State were to make a move for Sexton, it would likely go with a three-guard lineup. Again, that’s questionable in that it leaves Andrew Wiggins as a small ball power forward or pushes the high-priced wing to the bench. Either way, here’s a look at two ways Collin Sexton to the Golden State Warriors could work.

Golden State Warriors acquire Collin Sexton for Jordan Poole

golden state warriors trade for collin sexton
Feb 1, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) celebrates after hitting a three-pointer during the first half against the Golden State Warriors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland has some major questions regarding whether Sexton and Darius Garland could work together in the backcourt. Its one of the reasons why the former is firmly on the trade block. Simply put, the Cavaliers want a traditional two-guard to team up with Garland.

That’s where Poole could come into play should Cleveland avoid the backcourt in the 2021 NBA Draft later this month. The 22-year-old former first-round pick from Michigan averaged 12.0 points on 35% shooting from distance a season ago. It was a vast improvement from his rookie campaign back in 2019-20. A move of this ilk would also likely require Golden State to part with another youngster in that of forward Eric Paschall.

Golden State Warriors trade draft picks for Collin Sexton

There’s also a chance that Cleveland simply wants draft pick compensation for Sexton as the team continues with its rebuild. If that is indeed the case, Golden State could offer up the 14th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft as well as a couple second-round selections.

Right now, it’s not known what Sexton’s trade value is. Rumors suggest that it’s not as high as the Cavaliers would like. That’s primarily because Sexton is slated to hit free agency following the 2021-22 campaign and might demand a max contract on the open market. There’s obviously questions about whether he’s worthy of said contract. That could enable a team like the Warriors to acquire the high-scoring guard on the cheap.

Collin Sexton fit with the Golden State Warriors

golden state warriors trade for collin sexton
Dec 5, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

As noted above, this might be an uneven fit. Sexton is a shoot-first guard. The same can obviously be said about Curry and Thompson.

Running out a three-guard lineup doesn’t make a ton of sense given the presence of Andrew Wiggins in Golden State. It’s in this that the only way I see this working is if the Warriors pull off a separate blockbuster trade by using the seventh pick, Wiggins and Wiseman as bait.

Right now, the Warriors have been linked to the likes of Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Pascal Siakam on the trade market. Of that group, only Simmons and Siakam would make sense if Golden State pulled off a trade for Sexton.