Golden State Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers put a halt to any speculation the team could trade rookie center James Wiseman.
Myers said Monday the Warriors have no intention of moving Wiseman this offseason and hope he can be a critical piece of the organization going forward:
“We don’t want to trade James Wiseman. I think he’s a tremendous talent,” Myers said, via Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think he can be very helpful for us in the future and in the present. We plan on him being on the team.”
Wiseman suffered a torn meniscus last month, an injury that cost him the remainder of the 2020-21 season. Myers said he hopes the Warriors youngster will be ready to go in time for training camp:
“[Training camp’s] important…We really hope and think that he’ll be available for that,” Myers said, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Wiseman went through the traditional ups and downs of a rookie season. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 39 games, occasionally showing flashes of his exceptional upside but also dealing with growing pains and multiple physical setbacks.
The Warriors are hungry to get back to the pinnacle of the NBA next season, especially with Stephen Curry playing at an MVP level and Klay Thompson on the verge of his return. However, the reality is Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green are entering the latter stages of their respective careers. That latter point makes Wiseman’s development a major sticking point in terms of the Warriors and their future trajectory.
Myers still appears to consider Wiseman a key figure in the team’s ability to win both now and in the future, but don’t count out the possibility of a trade, no matter what the executive is saying right now.