The perfect trade Warriors must offer Rockets for Christian Wood
With Golden State currently holding two first round picks in this year’s NBA Draft, they have gained a ton of leverage in potential trades as they’ll be looking to make some serious changes to their roster this offseason. Two key areas of weakness for the Warriors right now are a lack of size and scoring.
Finding players to fill both needs for them is of vital importance as they want to maximize the championship window for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Rebuilding a contender while adding key pieces for the future is something that the Warriors are hoping to accomplish.
One move that would make a ton of sense is to pursue a trade for Houston Rockets center Christian Wood. He’s a young and athletic combo big who could improve the Warriors’ interior defense and give them a low post threat on offense. His well-rounded offensive game, dominance on the glass, and stellar rim protection would make an immediate impact in the Warriors’ quest to return to the NBA Finals. On the flip side, the Rockets could be open to moving him for the right price.
This past season, Wood upped his game all-around and was a candidate for Most Improved Player prior to an ankle injury that forced him to miss 20 games. Now that the Rockets are looking to go into a full rebuild, they’d definitely want draft picks, assets, and other young talent to supplement losing a player of Wood’s caliber.
Having said all these, let’s take an in-depth look at the perfect trade the Warriors must offer the Rockets in order for them to land Christian Wood.
Warriors receive: Christian Wood, Eric Gordon, Avery Bradley, and the 23rd pick in the 2021 NBA Draft
Rockets receive: James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, Mychal Mulder, and the 7th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft
In this proposed trade, the Warriors get much-needed depth in their frontcourt with the addition of the multi-skilled Wood. His ability to play power forward or center gives the Warriors a versatile big who can run the floor and provide them with a lob threat that would also shore up their frontline.
Wood’s floor spacing would create more scoring opportunities for Curry and Thompson while also allowing him to form a killer pick-and-roll combo with Green. Wood would also give Green a reliable frontcourt mate on the defensive end who could help anchor their defensive sets with his strong interior defense and lateral quickness that he would utilize to close out at the threee-point line.
Also joining the Bay Area in this deal would be Eric Gordon and Avery Bradley who could provide the Warriors with more scoring and playmaking off the bench. With Bradley and Gordon likely running the second unit, this gives Curry and Thompson more time to rest while lessening their offensive load. In the team’s up-tempo, three-point heavy system, Bradley and Gordon could both have productive seasons and play lots of meaningful minutes.
Bradley is also a lockdown perimeter defender who could alternate between starter and sixth man and would do wonders for them when they face elite scoring backcourts. They’d also be walking away from this deal with the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft, and given their previous success with player development, it’s safe to assume that the Warriors could get another steal in the first round.
On the other side of this deal, the Rockets gain more young talent and athleticism to add to their youth movement. They also wind up with the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft. The additions of James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, and Mychal Mulder would give the team a trio of young players to develop that could be vital in the rebuilding efforts.
Acquiring the seventh overall pick also gives the Rockets a chance to select their star of the future, who could eventually lead them back to the NBA Playoffs. Given all the players and assets that both teams acquire in this trade, it seems like a win-win scenario and a no-brainer for two teams that are in dire need of making a few adjustments that would get them back on the right track.