When it comes to the Warriors and the NBA, so much is up in the air.
It's extremely difficult to make plans for the future when you don't know when the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery and 2020 NBA Draft will take place, or what the 2020-21 salary cap and luxury tax line will be.
But as Anthony Slater of The Athletic writes, the Warriors have a plan in place for Andrew Wiggins:
Ask anyone in the organization — during their private or public moments — they got Wiggins with the expectation that he’ll be their starting small forward next season, not just a matching contract to flip (like they did with D'Angelo Russell).
The Warriors needed to add some length and athleticism on the wing, and Wiggins checks both those boxes. The Dubs are confident the 25-year-old will thrive alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Steve Kerr on Andrew Wiggins: “Minnesota needed him to be a star. And we’re not asking him to be a star. We’re asking him to play a role on a team that already has some star players.”— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) February 7, 2020
But as we all know, the NBA is a business. There are very few players who completely are off limits in a trade.
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Even Draymond Green -- a franchise icon who begins a four-year contract extension next season -- knows he could have been shipped out of town.
"This is f--king Kevin Durant we're talking about. Yeah, I've done great things here. But let me tell you this -- if Kevin really wanted to be here, all he would have done is went to Bob and said, 'Yeah, I'll stay. But Draymond gotta go,' " he explained on the "All the Smoke" podcast last month. "And guess what -- (general manager) Bob Myers would have called me and said, 'Draymond, I love you -- and I won't trade you to a bad team -- but where do you want to go?'"
Before the NBA season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals over 12 games with the Dubs. He shot nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft should flourish for as long as he is wearing a Warriors uniform.