The Golden State Warriors proved their status as a dynasty even more by winning their fourth championship in eight years. The big three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have done it again and are hungry for more. Their quest to repeat starts this upcoming Thursday at the 2022 NBA Draft.
The Dubs have the 28th pick in the draft, which gives them the chance to add more young talent. There should be plenty of intriguing prospects waiting for them by the time they pick. Golden State could also go the route of trading their pick, though their options may be slim.
The Warriors don't have many trade possibilities unless they are willing to part with a big three member, Andrew Wiggins or Jordan Poole. That doesn't seem likely. They also don't have a lot of sizable contracts to trade, so players like Myles Turner can only be obtained if they packaged all the rest of their young players.
If Golden State wants to trade their first-rounder for a player, they would have to part with James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and/or Moses Moody to make it happen. Such a risk is worth it for a team with an aging core.
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2 best Warriors trades using No. 28 pick in 2022 NBA Draft
2. P.J. Washington
If Golden State wants to find an upgrade for their roster while still remaining young, they could look P.J. Washington's way. They could send their 28th pick and Kuminga to the Charlotte Hornets for Washington and the 45th pick.
It would be a tough look to trade Kuminga after the promise he showed as a rookie but Washington would be an upgrade heading into next season. He can do a little bit of everything but will mostly be utilized as a shooter. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 36.5 percent from deep on 4.6 attempts. His defense is also very solid.
PJ Washington on defense, guarding some of the top mismatch guys in the NBA this season: 1-on-1, in space, or on the block. Able to grind out stops or force turnovers vs. the likes of Siakam, Giannis, Middleton, Cunningham, Mobley, Jokic, Embiid — the list goes on pic.twitter.com/WDDBUoxGdx
— Brian Geisinger (@bgeis_bird) May 6, 2022
Charlotte may have interest in this deal because they add a cost-controlled player that could develop into a beast on defense. With Miles Bridges' contract extension looming, they could use some savings. They also pick up another first-rounder. Although the Warriors would have to be the one to pay Washington after this season, they would have control over his free agency and are never shy about paying the luxury tax.
It's tough to figure out just how much Kuminga will be able to contribute next season, but that may be why it makes sense for the Warriors to consider trading him. Washington's shooting abilities may make him more likely to contribute deeper in the playoffs.
1. Jakob Poeltl
With Kevon Looney hitting free agency, the Warriors should look into adding another center. Jakob Poeltl would be a very solid option. They could send Wiseman, the 28th pick and their 51st overall pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Poeltl and the 20th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
The Warriors would get good use out of Poeltl, a strong interior defender. The 7-foot-1 26-year-old averaged 13.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season. The Warriors will likely look to bring Looney back (as they obviously should) so Poeltl could end up being a solid one-two punch with him. Moving up in the first round, even at the expense of one of their second-rounders makes this deal very much worth it, even though Poeltl will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
For San Antonio, they land a young center with tremendous size and athleticism to develop as well as pick up an extra draft pick. Wiseman's value may be lower than usual because he just missed the entire season but his potential remains. Because his contract has a few more years of control and he has the pedigree of a top pick, it makes sense for Golden State to get the better of the two first-rounders in this deal.