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Warriors trade Eric Paschall to Jazz for a draft pick

Jazz, Warriors, Eric Paschall

The Golden State Warriors just traded young big man Eric Paschall in what is deemed to be a roster spot-clearing move.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Warriors are sending Paschall to the Utah Jazz for a second-round pick. Anthony Slater of The Athletic corroborated the report, adding that the Salt Lake City team is giving up a Memphis 2026 second-rounder that is top-42 protected.

As both reports mentioned, Paschall and Jazz star Donovan Mitchell are close childhood friends, and the Warriors-Jazz deal just reunites the two.

Eric Paschall put up 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 40 games played for the Warriors in his sophomore year. While those numbers dipped from his NBA All-Rookie First Team season when he averaged 14-5-2, it is worth noting that he saw a limited role on a decreased playing time during the 2020-21 campaign.

While the trade is rather surprising given Paschall’s performance in his first two seasons and the measly return that the Warriors got in exchange, it only raises speculations that the Dubs are planning to make a key acquisition or decision.

So far in free agency, Golden State has already acquired Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica. Moreover, they recently handed Stephen Curry a four-year, $215 million extension.

As for the Jazz, Mitchell will certainly be ecstatic to have his friend playing alongside him. Hopefully, Utah can benefit from the natural chemistry the two have.