Rumor: Warriors eyeing division rival Kings for trade upgrade
The Golden State Warriors are looking to shake things up to make a postseason push. They’re ranked ninth in the Western Conference at the moment, holding a record of 19-17.
Having just lost a close game to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, Steve Kerr and the Warriors’ front office are looking to get Stephen Curry more offensive help. Recently, the Sacramento Kings have been buzzing in the rumor mill with two potential forwards gaining interest from multiple organizations, with the Dubs being involved with at least one of the players.
For Sacramento, forwards Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica will receive interest from suitors. Barnes, one of the team’s veteran leaders, has had a productive season in averaging 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game. Bjelica spent time out of the Kings’ rotation but has since returned. He’s averaging 8.3 points and 31 percent 3-point shooting in 18 games this season. Philadelphia, Miami, Golden State, Milwaukee and Boston are among teams that have shown interest in Bjelica, sources said.
Harrison Barnes was originally drafted by Golden State and won a championship with them in 2015. Barnes left in 2016 when the Warriors brought in Kevin Durant. After underperforming his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, Barnes was shipped to the Kings in the 2018-19 season and has become comfortable in their rotation. However, Sacramento’s poor season could have him on the move, though going back to Golden State is a long shot. There’s no indication the Warriors are in on him.
As for Nemanja Bjelica, he has started to get more minutes again after going over a month without playing. The 32-year-old is having a down season shooting the ball (31.0% from deep), but he’s still at 38.9% on 3-pointers for his career. With the Warriors looking for more shooting around Curry, Bjelica could be a nice get for the bench at a cheap price.
Pay close attention to the Warriors, as they could be a team making a trade soon. The NBA trade deadline is on March 25.