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The Trade: Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney, Jonathan Kuminga and No. 19 pick (can’t be traded until after the draft) to the Toronto Raptors for Pascal Siakam and Thaddeus Young
In previous seasons, any flaws within the Warriors’ supporting cast were deftly hidden by their stars. While Stephen Curry still seems capable of that magic, the same can’t be said of Klay Thompson, who had a really rough playoff run. And as dynamic as Draymond Green is on defense, his offensive impact hinges heavily on the talent around him.
That’s a long-winded way of saying the Warriors could go searching for stars, and they might find an available one north of the border. While Toronto hasn’t expressly made Pascal Siakam available, this could be the right time to pivot forward with Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr. and Jakob Poeltl all likely headed to free agency.
If the Dubs can get Siakam, he makes sense at any realistic cost. He is a versatile defender who touches about as many stat categories as anyone. This season, he was one of five players to average 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists; the others were Nikola Jokić, Luka Dončić, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, per Stathead Basketball.
Toronto, in turn, would likely have the most interest in Jonathan Kuminga and the draft pick, but Jordan Poole is hardly a throw-in. Sure, he had a brutal postseason, but before that, he spent the season tallying 20.4 points and 4.5 assists per night as a 23-year-old. To seal the deal, the Raptors would unload Thaddeus Young, who couldn’t lock down a regular rotation role, and bring back Kevon Looney to either man the middle or serve as a trade chip in a different deal.