Seven big names Warriors can deal trade exception, draft pick for
Domantas Sabonis, C, Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers almost certainly would hang up if the Warriors came calling for their young, star center. But if the Warriors want to make the most out of the $17.2 million trade exception they might as well swing for the fences.
The 24-year-old center took a leap season, averaging 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and five assists while shooting 54 percent from the field. If the Warriors aren't sold on any prospects atop a weak draft, they could try and flip the pick along with the exception to the Pacers for a young center who can help them win now and be a building block for the future.
Feels like it would be a tough sell for the Pacers, though.
Jonathan Isaac, F, Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic likely wouldn't want to give up on one of their prized building blocks, but they haven't exactly been the best run organization in recent memory.
If there's a chance for the Warriors to turn their trade exception and a pick into Isaac, they should take that swing.
Isaac, 22, started coming into his own as top-tier defensive presence this past season, averaging 2.4 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, while also garnering All-Defensive Team votes. His length and versatility on defense would look great next to Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green in the front court, and he wouldn't feel pressure to put up big offensive numbers right away.
While still raw offensively, Isaac has a bright future and acquiring him would give the Warriors a complementary piece who can help immediately and also be a key cog in the next era.
Pairing a first-round pick with the trade exception would be a big price to pay for Isaac, but he might be worth it.
Marcus Smart, G, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart is the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics. So, why would they trade the player who makes them go? Their cap situation is about to get a little hairy.
Gordon Hayward almost certainly will opt into his $34 million player option. Jayson Tatum will be extension-eligible this offseason and is headed for a max deal. Kemba Walker's salary will keep going up in each of the next three seasons and Jaylen Brown's salary goes from $6.5 million to $23.8 million next year.
If Danny Ainge wants to trim some money, Smart has a very tradeable contract. It likely would take the addition of a first-round pick to get him, but he would be an ideal fit to a Warriors team looking to shoot back to title contention next season.
As the Warriors look to maximize the remaining years of Curry, Thompson and Green's prime, Smart is a perfect addition and it's a price they'd have to consider paying.
Josh Richardson, G, Philadelphia 76ers
If the 76ers fall flat in the
Walt Disney World Cup NBA playoffs, some roster moves might have to be made.
Richardson's affordable contract is an easy one of general manager Elton Brand to axe if he's looking to shave some money off a high-priced team that has underperformed.
At 26, Richardson is a solid two-way guard who has shown the ability to shoot it well from 3-point range in the past. He would be a nice third guard for the Warriors, but he might not be worth adding a pick swap for.
Andre Iguodala, F, Miami Heat
What a story this would be, but is it likely? Not really.
We all know what Iguodala can do when healthy and right, especially in the postseason. But after his holdout/trade/extension maneuver, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP wasn't very effective during the start of his South Beach stint and it looks like his best days are indeed behind him.
If the Heat fizzle in the playoffs and Iguodala is a non-factor, would Miami be willing to move on? Would the Warriors want a reunion with younger, more attractive options on the market?
It would be a hell of a story, but it probably isn't in the cards.
J.J. Redick, G, New Orleans Pelicans
He might not be the sexiest name on the list but Redick still can ball.
At 35, Redick shot 45 percent from 3-point range this season and remains an adequate defender on the perimeter. Plus, he's a great locker room guy and is hungry for a title before his career winds down.
The Pelicans brought Redick in to be a leader for their young team, so they likely would ask for a pick swap in return. Is that price worth it? The combination for Curry, Thompson and Redick lighting teams up from outside has to be somewhat enticing.
Robert Covington, G/F, Houston Rockets
The Rockets and Warriors trading feels improbable on its face. But never underestimate the power of a cheap owner.
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta already has shown himself to be pro-cost-cutting and he's gone on record saying how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted him financially. Couple that with what is expected to be an early playoff exit for the Rockets and a potential front-office shakeup and there is a path to a deal between two bitter rivals.
Covington is a tough 3-and-D wing whose versatility should appeal to the Warriors. It's unlikely at the moment, but something to keep an eye on.