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Seven wings the Warriors could target with arrival of NBA trade season

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Seven wings the Warriors could target with arrival of NBA trade season

Though coach Steve Kerr has said the Warriors are not likely to make a trade, general manager Bob Myers has shown more flexibility on the idea. That’s Myers’ MO. Like most personnel executives, he must be prepared to pivot at a moment’s notice.

The possibilities expanded Saturday, when the NBA trade window opened wide enough to include most players signed over the summer. All indications are the Warriors will observe rather than shop because they have a “trade” in the works.

They’ll be deeper and more formidable after DeMarcus Cousins is cleared for game activity. He is their in-season addition. Though the Warriors have been discreet about revealing a timeline, all hints imply it’s a matter of weeks, not months.

Kerr is not eager to make a move until Cousins has been evaluated. What can the team expect? How smooth is the transition? Why add a big man now if Cousins can play 20 minutes by the end of the month and 25 -- or more -- at some point in January?

So if the Warriors were to make a deal, it likely would involve a wing. They realize a tweak here or there might help. The fragile health of veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, both currently out, has the front office on alert. If either is out for an extended period, the Warriors have work to do.

Here are, alphabetically, seven wings/forwards on the market, with comment:

Carmelo Anthony (F)

Pros: A very available future Hall of Famer.
Cons: Shooting touch has abandoned him, and he can’t defend a barstool.
Verdict: He’s done.

Alec Burks (F/G)

Pros: Can play three positions, would love to leave Cleveland and he’s 27.
Cons: He’s making $11.54 million this season.
Verdict: He can help.

Vince Carter (F/G)

Pros: Popular future Hall of Famer is still dunking at age 41 for the Hawks.
Cons: Is it ageism to point out he’ll turn 42 next month?
Verdict: He’s worth a listen.

Mario Hezonja (F)

Pros: He’s 23, has some talent and plays with joy with the Knicks.
Cons: His shooting is spotty, and his immaturity might be permanent.
Verdict: Probably not.

Rodney Hood (F/G)

Pros: Plays both ends, is just 27 and is on a one-year Cavs deal at $3.4 million.
Cons: His composure has been an issue.
Verdict: He can help.

Patrick McCaw (G/F)

Pros: Knows the team because he’s on it.
Cons: No indication he wants to be along for the ride.
Verdict: Sure, if he’s in shape and explains the past five months.

Jabari Parker (F)

Pros: Talented enough to be the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Cons: Can’t make the Bulls’ rotation and is making $20 million.
Verdict: Nah, but hope he revives a once-promising career.

So, yes, there are players capable of helping. And the front office isn’t sleeping on them. The Warriors must decide whether they want to pursue them now, or wait until closer to the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Report: After just one season with Kings, Vince Carter agrees to deal with Hawks

Report: After just one season with Kings, Vince Carter agrees to deal with Hawks

Last season, the Sacramento Kings touted a locker room filled with veterans brought in to help develop the young players. George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter were added during the summer of 2017 to join Kosta Koufos and Garrett Temple as the veteran core. A year later, only Koufos and Randolph remain. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Carter inked a deal to join the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday afternoon, ending his short run with the Kings.

Carter, 41, finished his lone season with Sacramento averaging 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game off Dave Joerger’s bench. 

The eight-time All-Star made it clear at the end of the 2017-18 campaign that he wanted to play at least one more season.

The future Hall of Famer was an instant fan favorite in Sacramento and spent plenty of time working with the young players on the roster. 

In 20 seasons in the league, Carter ranks 22nd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 24,868 points and eighth in 3-point makes with 2,106.

Part of Vince Carter's pregame routine when he was teammates with Dell Curry? 1-on-1 vs Steph

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Part of Vince Carter's pregame routine when he was teammates with Dell Curry? 1-on-1 vs Steph

Vince Carter and Dell Curry were teammates with the Raptors for three seasons -- 1999-00 through 2001-02.

Therefore, Steph Curry spent his middle school years north of the border.

Carter was a guest on the most recent episode of the Pardon My Take Podcast and said that he used to frequently play 1-on-1 vs Steph.

What was the two-time MVP like at that age?

"Itching to play," Carter explained. "It was routine for us. I'd do my pregame ritual and work out and shoot. And after that, he was like, 'You ready? You ready?' We'd play 1-on-1. Both of 'em -- he and Seth -- could always shoot.

"Always practicing. It was like that kid who loves to play sports -- he walks around always working on his jump shot, pretending to dribble. Both of them were that kind of kid."

Golden State drafted Carter (who will turn 42 years old in January) fifth overall in 1998, but he was traded to Toronto for Antawn Jamison and never actually wore a Warriors uniform.

On the podcast, Carter let it be known that he is going to retire after the 2018-19 season, which means this summer is his last chance to join the Warriors.

He may not have that opportunity (or want it) because we have heard Steve Kerr and Bob Myers repeatedly say they want to get younger this offseason.

We will find out as early as next week...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller