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Report: Warriors don’t want to trade James Wiseman or Jonathan Kuminga

Warriors center James Wiseman

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: James Wiseman #33 of the Golden State Warriors hugs Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 28, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Remember when the Warriors insisted publicly and privately they didn’t acquire D’Angelo Russell just as a trade asset then traded him before he finished a single season in Golden State? No?

Anyway, the Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in their primes (at least hypothetically). Golden State also has intriguing young players in James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and Jordan Poole.

Trading those youngsters for someone more capable of helping while the window remains open around Curry, Green and Thompson would make sense. Building a team this good is difficult. It’d be a shame not to maximize this opportunity to win.

However, the Warriors haven’t really pushed to acquire extremely-available Ben Simmons. In fact, Golden State owner Joe Lacob called a blockbuster trade very unlikely.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

Joe Lacob isn’t bluffing. He does not want to trade James Wiseman or Jonathan Kuminga. You can question his vision, but I wouldn’t be skeptical of the transparency.

Go reread the quotes, if you want. He envisions Wiseman and Kuminga as supplementary, cheaper rotation pieces around an expensive core during their first NBA contract and the franchise’s superstar successors by the time they hit their second NBA contracts, ushering in the Warriors’ next era.

Lacob has called Kuminga and Wiseman (and Jordan Poole and Moses Moody) the organization’s “bridge” to the future and he doesn’t seem intent on burning it, even for a mid-tier star like Simmons who immediately upgrades the team, but is already on his second contract, a max, and comes attached to legit questions about his game and fit.

Simmons would be a tricky fit with Green. The Warriors should be skeptical about trading for Simmons, whose flaws become more pronounced in the playoffs.

But this sounds like Golden State’s commitment to keeping Wiseman and Kuminga goes well beyond a Simmons trade. And maybe that is truly the plan.

But after how the Russell situation unfolded, I darned sure wouldn’t trust the Warriors on that.