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Lowe presents hypothetical Warriors-Kings trade for Barnes

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With the NBA draft just two days away, hypothetical trade season is reaching a crescendo.

And one such deal discussed Tuesday morning on The Lowe Post podcast certainly will be of interest to Warriors fans.

Zach Lowe: "[Andrew] Wiggins and No. 7 to [the] Sacramento [Kings] for Harrison Barnes, Delon Wright and No. 9. That relies on Sacramento being like, 'There's a guy at seven that we just absolutely love. We can't get him because you're taking him [so] we'll do this.'

"Why are you laughing at me?

Jonathan Givony: "My head is exploding. I'm just trying to get through this draft [laughter]. I can't even think about all this right now."

Lowe: "That was pretty good I thought. Is it that far-fetched? I don't love that for Sacramento. As a fit for the Warriors, I think Harrison Barnes is better than Andrew Wiggins."

Barnes, of course, was drafted by the Warriors with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He spent his first four NBA seasons in a Golden State uniform before he was forced to move on after Kevin Durant joined the Dubs in July 2016.

And Golden State owner Joe Lacob made an interesting comment about the North Carolina product back in April 2020 when discussing the franchise's acquisition of Wiggins.

 

"He [Wiggins] is a walking 20 points," Lacob said. "He's gonna go out there and he's gonna get you 20 points in any game. He's capable of doing a lot more than that. But that's pretty good.

"When Harrison Barnes was with us -- and I loved Harrison, different kind of player a little bit -- but we would sit there and say, 'If we can just get him to get 20 points in a game it would really help.' You know (you've got a) good chance to win a game if you got three guys scoring 20 in a game.

"And we needed that."

Wiggins just completed the best all-around season of his career in 2020-21, as he averaged 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting career highs from the field (47.7) and beyond the arc (38.0).

He is under contract for the next two seasons at $31.6 million and $33.6 million respectively.

Barnes averaged 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 0.7 steals over 58 games last season, while shooting a career-high 49.7 percent overall and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

He is scheduled to make $20.3 million next season and $18.4 million in 2022-23 before becoming a free agent.

As for Delon Wright -- it's safe to assume that his older brother Dorell Wright (who is a Warriors analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area) would approve of this hypothetical transaction.

Delon averaged 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals over the final 17 games last year, while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from 3-point range.

The 29-year-old will earn just over $8.5 million in 2021-22 before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

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Will this trade actually happen? Don't hold your breath. But things could get crazy depending on who is available when the Warriors are on the clock at No. 7.

Thursday night should be a lot of fun no matter what happens.

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