Some of the best -- and let's be honest -- worst conversations regarding the Warriors reside on social media. Strong voices and opinions of Dub Nation defend or criticize their squad, not afraid to share their thoughts with absolute authority. Many of these personalities live on Twitter, where everyone can be a General Manager, coach, critic, troll and/or hot-take artist.
In our Warriors Twitter Roundtable, we will share a five-part series of questions designed to touch on the major conversations floating around the Warriors Twitter world. Answering the questions will be a panel of some of the more prominent and revered voices within the community.
Part 1 had our panel name the five best players in the NBA, while Part 2 answered whether or not the Warriors should be considered contenders right now. Part 3 asked the panel to identify their ideal candidate to be acquired with the mid-level exceptions, followed by the ideal candidate for the $17.2 million trade exception in Part 4. Here is the final discussion in Part 5:
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How would you create a trade that the Warriors can make (with matching salaries) to improve their team next season?
@poormanscommish: I’m going to plead the “not-a-Trade-Machine-guy” amendment, but I will say this: In response to some of the commentary we’ve gotten on our website LetsGoWarriors.com, Andrew Wiggins isn’t getting traded anytime soon, as his contract would be loathed by other teams. Giannis Antetokounmpo is not coming here, especially via trade, as the Milwaukee Bucks would rather ride him until the wheels fall off (and they should). Kevon Looney probably isn’t getting traded unless he’s damaged goods and especially if Steve Kerr has veto power. And Bob Myers isn’t trading Draymond Green so long as he is general manager of the Warriors, as their relationship is like no other in the history of GM-player relationships. That leaves us with only trades involving $2M or less in salary, which are not impactful in the grand scheme of things.
@samesfandiari: This one is tough too! Warriors roster, as presently constructed, involves four high-priced salaries, Looney on a modest deal and a bunch of guys on rookie deals and/or vet mins. I guess my initial thought would be Wiggins for Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross. This would allow Orlando to solve their power forward glut and it would allow Golden State to turn Wiggins into two rotation players at needed wing positions
@Jannelle12: Since the Warriors are compromised in salary, I believe that their best-case scenario is trading their pick IF it isn't in the top three. There are no transcendent players in this draft and the Warriors want to maximize what's left of the core's prime. So, trading that pick for someone who fits the system and addresses a need would make the most sense.
@AndyKHLiu: Since I answered the previous question with the trade I think they get to most realistically, and this one doesn't require a qualifier.. how about Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, this year's first, next year's Minnesota first, pick swaps for the next eight years, and another first that the Warriors can purchase in this year's draft for Giannis?
@GSWReddit: This is a very difficult question considering the Warriors are pretty limited in terms of what they have available to send out in trades. Assuming there are no plans to move the Big 3, that only really leaves Andrew Wiggins ($29.5M) and Kevon Looney ($4.8) as sizable salaries they can use for trade matching. Because of this, we can most likely expect the Warriors to not make any big (non-TPE) trades unless someone like a Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes available. That being said, Aaron Gordon has been a name that’s been floated around as someone the Warriors seem to have some interest in. A possible trade with the Orlando Magic could look something like Andrew Wiggins for Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross. Now it’s debatable how much this improves the Warriors next season depending on how you would value Gordon, but if we were to consider him to be relatively close to Wiggins in talent level, then the addition of Ross adds a much-needed bench piece. It’s unclear if the Magic would be keen on this, even if they want to move on from Gordon. The Warriors might have to attach a pick or some other incentive to make it work.
My take (@grantliffmann): My trade ideas revolve around the 2020 draft pick, but obviously without knowing the Warriors draft position, it is impossible to know exactly what their asset is. Using that pick does not have to be a straight-up trade, as it can be used to swap draft positions. Swapping back in the draft, and using the TPE, perhaps to acquire a player like Kelly Oubre, could be intriguing. If somehow the Warriors could use their pick to acquire a major contributor, while also drafting a player like Devin Vassell or Saddiq Bey, their roster would be much better heading into the 2020-21 season.