Blockbuster Warriors Proposal Brings All-NBA Wing to the Bay Area

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Getty Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins on the court prior to Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.

For Golden State Warriors people, Andrew Wiggins’ contract situation has been a point for discussion since before the 2021-22 campaign even began. With the former No. 1 overall pick netting $33.6 million in the final year of his deal next season — and likely eyeing another monster deal thereafter — many have felt as though the time is nigh for the team to move him before the pact expires.

That urgency to get out from under Wiggins has only increased with the Dubs expected to dole out a massive extension to Jordan Poole, who averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 assists per game this past season.

However, after Wiggins became a first-time All-Star in ’21-’22, as well as a key cog in the Dubs’ effort to recapture the NBA championship, there’s suddenly a thought that they could re-up both Wiggins and Poole — luxury tax be damned.

Or, there’s a third path that Golden State could take with their star wings.

Instead of retaining Wiggins, the team could commit to Poole and then swing their youngest All-Star for another long-term building-block player. Should he elect to go down that road, team president Bob Myers might do well to consider our blockbuster trade proposal for a certain Toronto Raptors star.


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Earlier this month, Bleacher Report‘s Grant Hughes pitched Siakam as a “no-brainer” target for the Warriors, writing, “Siakam’s secondary shot creation would force defenses to divert attention from Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole.”

With that in mind, we’re pitching pitching the following trade in an effort to facilitate the two-time All-NBA pick’s relocation:

  • Golden State Warriors receive F Pascal Siakam and a 2023 second-round pick
  • Toronto Raptors receive G/F Andrew Wiggins, G/F Moses Moody and a 2023 first-round pick (top-eight protected)

The rationale here is that you’re committing to paying the big bucks for a roster built to contend for multiple more titles. And Siakam’s existing contract gives you an additional year beyond that of Wiggins’ deal while bringing in another All-Star who’s bigger and slightly more capable of generating his own offense.

He’s also a player who can log minutes in the frontcourt, leaving Poole more room to operate alongside Klay Thompson on the wings.

Wrote Hughes: “Siakam would also supercharge the Warriors’ transition attack. His full-speed spin moves are classified as deadly weapons in several states.” Meanwhile, the Raptors would go all-in on a Scottie Barnes-OG Anunoby-Fred VanVleet (and Wiggins?) core.

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At This Point, Keeping Wiggins May Be the Move

While there has been a long-running assumption on the part of some that Wiggins isn’t long for that Bay life, his performance during the playoffs — particularly on the defensive end — has others wondering whether the baller might have made himself indispensable.

Wiggins’ 2022 postseason line of 16.5 points, 7.5 boards, a steal and a block per contest (with shooting splits of 47-33-65) was solid, if unspectacular. However, he was low-key one of the most impactful players on the floor throughout the Dubs’ title run.

Golden State outscored playoff opponents by a whopping 9.3 points per 100 possessions when Wiggins was on the floor, the No. 3 mark teamwide. Meanwhile, the club was 2.4 points/100 poss. better defensively when the 27-year-old played.

“We’d be dead without him,” declared Warriors coach Steve Kerr during the team’s WCF bout with Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.

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Jedidiah Chuka
Jedidiah Chuka
1 month ago

Wiggins? What for? How about they trade Draymond for Siakam or is no one think of the huge contract Dray is getting for 0 offence, Siakam is a good defender also and GSW won’t be playing 4 v 5 on the offensive end. Come on now!!

Ya'asiEL
Ya'asiEL
1 month ago

It would not make sense to ship out Wiggins unless he wanted to, cap space or that ring is enough for him( the one ring to rule them all muahahaha). I’m pretty sure Wiggins has been given the same option that KD was given. Stay for an 80% shot at another ring next season or go somewhere else to rebuild bonds and team chemistry where your chances drop to 25 to 30%.

Why try to fix something that ain’t broke.

Freddy Jacks
Freddy Jacks
1 month ago

Well, maybe it won’t take a max deal to keep Wiggs. I’d like to see him stay, considering where he came from. If he leaves the Warriors, he won’t win another finals.

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