It’s hard to believe, but it’s only been two years since the Golden State Warriors traded Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, and Willie Collie Stein. Admittedly, the last two years are roughly equivalent to two dogs, but still.
Heck, in that regard, it’s kind of hard to believe that it’s only been a year since Dubs traded Brad Wanamaker. Now please keep me your thoughts and prayers…nothing has happened to me, I’m just thinking about the age of Brad Wanamaker.
Another deadline is fast approaching, with trades suspended for the season on February 10. And Dubs, as one of the league’s top contenders, will be focusing on them, to see if they can add a few extras to an already strong sundae before the postseason begins.
A promotion on deadline is always promising, unless you’re a bottom-up team like the 2019-2020 Warriors mentioned above, at which point selling by any means necessary is a sound strategy.
The problem with Warriors and Upgrade is that their 17 players almost all fall into one of the following three categories:
Players that warriors really like, and who have almost no enough trading value to make warriors even think about trading them
Gary Payton II
Otto Porter Jr.
Players who don’t really have any commercial value
Juan Toscano Anderson
You can play with placement if you wish, you may not agree to the levels you put each of these players into. Maybe Paul and Cominga are on level two, maybe it’s Lonely Wiggins Wiseman on level one, or maybe it’s Lee and JTA on second.
This part does not matter. What matters is that, wherever you choose to place them, 16 of the 17 Warriors fit into one of those tiers that assure they’ll still be wearing the Golden State jersey when February 11th.
That leaves only one player: Musa Modi.
Modi does not fall into a box titled, This guy traded STAT!!! Instead, it pops up in one titled, Well dude, we don’t know.
Does Dubs view Moody as part of the franchise’s future quartet, along with Poole, Kuminga and Wiseman, and thus put him behind the velvet ropes? we do not know.
Does the league see Moody’s lack of playing time (190 minutes total) and unsuccessful shooting numbers (5 vs. 34 from distance) as an indictment that virtually wipes out his trading value? we do not know.
Even assuming the Warriors are open to Moody’s trade and that the league values him, it’s hard to find an available influencer to match Moody’s $3.5 million contract, which is necessary to make the deal work.
There’s a reason that when the off-the-shelf trades were devised, rumored, and debated, most were either Wiggins contract (to make a deal for a star business), or looney trades and/or multiple starter deals (to increase the total package to a mid-range cost). Want a bench spark plug to drive the second unit when Carrie is resting? Moody’s doesn’t get you closer to Eric Gordon’s $18.9 million. How about an aggressively gifted hub to share quests with Looney? Good luck finding the $9.5 million that Montrezl Harrell owes.
There are smaller names in the more modestly priced deals – Kenrich Williams comes to mind – but the Warriors are already having a tough enough time finding minutes for all of their players, due to injuries to Green Wiseman and Iguodala. It’s hard to imagine them substituting an intriguing, cost-controllable rookie player for another to fight for 9th or 10th on the bench.
The bad news is that this means that you can expect the Warriors to be completely silent on this year’s trade deadline. The good news is that it definitely outperforms what has happened in the past two years.