The begin of the 2022-23 NBA season is simply over a month away and in contrast to final yr when uncertainty abounded with Klay Thompson’s rehab, the Golden State Warriors are actually defending champions and threats to repeat. So, it ought to come as no shock that the staff saved its core items intact over the summer season.
Sure, there was turnover within the second unit, the place Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. headlined a cadre of departees, however Steve Kerr’s “foundational six” — Stephen Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Kevin Looney — proceed to guide the cost.
While that is nice information for Dub Nation, even the most important Bay Area homer would confess that a kind of gamers, Looney, is a rung beneath his counterparts. Indeed, regardless of his unimaginable availability, lunch-pail mentality and years of service to the franchise, the three-time champ leaves one thing to be desired as a beginning pivot.
As such, pundits and followers alike proceed to drift potential commerce targets in an effort to search out the Warriors a bona fide beginning massive. To that finish, FanNation’s Alex Kirschenbaum simply pitched a whopper in Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis.
A Trade Bringing Anthony Davis to the Dubs (If You’re Into That Kind of Thing)
Kirschenbaum’s newest foray into hypothetical dealing was entitled “Why Anthony Davis Trade To Golden State Could Benefit Both Sides.” And whereas there are folks on each side that may quibble with that idea — together with this author — there are definitely pathways towards making a deal, if that is what you are aiming for.
Today, we’re pitching the next:
- Golden State Warriors obtain C Anthony Davis and PG Kendrick Nunn
- Los Angeles Lakers obtain G/F Andrew Wiggins, C James Wiseman and two first-round picks (2026 and 2028)
Make no mistake, Davis has been injured greater than most lately, so that you’re placing a number of eggs in a fragile basket right here. That stated, he is nonetheless simply a few years faraway from being a top-five, six, seven participant within the Association.
And final season, whilst he contended with knee and ankle accidents, he nonetheless averaged 23.2 factors, 9.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.2 steals per contest.
In idea, he would make the Warriors much more formidable on each side of the ball, giving the membership a physique to make life onerous on the opposing timber (as a substitute of the opposite approach round). Meanwhile, Golden State would additionally add a high-scoring guard to run level when Steph sits, one thing it hasn’t persistently had lately.
The better part: not like a number of the different Davis commerce permutations we have seen, Poole, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody all stay untouched and the Dubs solely lose one rotational participant from their title run.
Why the Lakers Might Pull the Plug on AD
AD and LeBron James have proven how dominant they are often collectively when everyone seems to be wholesome and clicking, main their squad to the 2020 bubble championship. Unfortunately, “wholesome and clicking” isn’t an correct descriptor for the Lakers.
As such, there’s an opportunity that the Lake Show’s title window has closed, barring an enormous roster overhaul behind its stars and considerably higher luck on the damage entrance for the growing old duo.
Getting Russell Westbrook’s cash off the books subsequent summer season will assist, and the membership has already added a pair of intriguing children (Lonnie Walker, Troy Brown Jr) this offseason, however a number of issues are working towards Rob Pelinka and Darvin Ham of their effort to get the staff again to the contender’s desk.
The time to consider the long run could also be upon us, and in a world the place the Utah Jazz received a bajillion picks for his or her post-Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell reboot, receiving a young-ish All-Star, a former No. 2 picks and a two future firsts is not a half-bad return for an often-injured star turning 30.
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