Five dream Warriors trade targets with trade exception, top pick
John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
Why consider him: At 6-foot-9, he’s a talented power forward who also could put in minutes at center. He’d be an immediate contributor yet, at age 22, should get better.
Contract status: One year, at $4.14 million, remaining on his rookie deal.
Why he could be available: Atlanta GM Travis Schlenk – who spent 13 years in Golden State organization – added Clint Capela in February and there may not be room for both. Collins has a more comprehensive offensive game than Capela but a contract that far exceeds the $52 million owed Capela over the remaining three years of a deal he originally signed with the Rockets.
Robert Covington, Houston Rockets
Why consider him: At 6-foot-7, Covington is a 29-year-old 3-and-D wing whose 7-foot-2 wingspan allows him to defend power forwards, particularly in a small-ball lineup. Physically, he is a rough amalgam of Andre Iguodala and Marcus Morris. Covington is plug-and-play.
Contract status: Two years, totaling about $25 million, remaining.
Why he could be available: The Rockets realize Covington’s value, but it’s a virtual lock that at least one rotation player will be moved to save money. Rockets chairman Tilman Ferttita clutches his wallet considerably tighter than does Warriors CEO Joe Lacob.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
Why consider him: A 6-foot-8 combo forward with incredible bounce, the Bay Area native would immediately be the best athlete on the team. He’s also capable of playing sound defense against multiple positions while also producing points. Besides, the Warriors like him a lot.
Contract status: Two years, totaling $34.45 million plus incentives, remaining.
Why he could be available: Six seasons into his career, Orlando still is trying to figure out how to maximize his talent. He’s still young (24) and wouldn’t mind, at all, being moved. Any deal likely would require some fancy financial finagling, but it’s conceivable.
Jrue Holiday, Pelicans
Why consider him: The combo guard, 30, is a fabulous defender, a good teammate and would give the Warriors the best three-guard rotation – counting Klay as a guard, even though he could play some small forward – in the league.
Contract status: Two years, totaling $51.7 million, remaining. Gulp.
Why he could be available: The Pelicans, clearly building around the nucleus of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball – none of whom is older than 22 – are looking for picks and financial flexibility. Because of the salary-match quagmire, can’t imagine a deal that wouldn’t involve a third team.
Marcus Smart, Celtics
Why consider him: The 6-foot-3 26-year-old belongs in any discussion regarding a third guard capable of playing 28 minutes a night. Like ex-Warriors Iguodala, Smart has the tools to defend, make plays and score. His intensity is unquestioned, and his 3-ball is up above 35 percent.
Contract status: Two years, totaling $26.8 million plus $1 million in incentives, remaining.
Why he could be available: As valuable as Smart is to everything they do, the Celtics know they need to get bigger and better up front. They’re not moving Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward or Jayson Tatum. They don’t want to move Jaylen Brown. Smart, then, becomes their most attractive chip to add quality size.