Ever since they lost to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, things have not been “golden” for the Golden State Warriors. Injuries have played a huge role in their decline over the years, especially with Klay Thompson not playing since the 2019 NBA Finals due to a torn ACL in his left knee and then a torn right Achilles tendon.
On top of Klay being out, the Warriors have also dealt with various injuries to Curry, Green, Looney and others throughout the years that have lessened their chances to continue being one of the biggest threats in the league.
Heading into the 2021 offseason, the Warriors find themselves in a very intriguing situation because while they missed the playoffs, they are still very much in the conversation to contend for a title during the 2021-22 season if they make the right moves.
Over the last few weeks, NBA trade rumors have been swirling about who the Warriors could potentially target and one name that has come up is Pascal Siakam.
Targeting Siakam would be a huge move for the Golden State Warriors and would set them over the edge in terms of scoring talent, but this potential trade would come at a major price.
Both James Wiseman and Andrew Wiggins are two guys the Warriors’ front-office are extremely high on moving forward into the future, but they would have to be included in any trade package for Siakam due to financial restraints the Warriors have.
Golden State is $55.4M over the salary cap as of right now and are going to be over the hard cap yet again next season, which means absorbing another $30M+ contract like Pascal Siakam’s is not going to be easy. It is do-able, but they are going to have to be willing to continue paying a ton of money in luxury taxes.
Is trading for Pascal Siakam this offseason at the expense of James Wiseman and Andew Wiggins the final move the Warriors need to make to get back to the NBA Finals?
Here are three trade packages that could be discussed this offseason to land Siakam in Golden State with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Golden State Warriors Receive: F Pascal Siakam, C Aron Baynes
Toronto Raptors Receive: C James Wiseman, F Andrew Wiggins, MIN 2021 1st Round Pick (Pick #7), GSW 2021 1st Round Pick (Pick #14)
This first trade package seems to be the main “trade” that everybody is talking about in social media in terms of the Warriors potentially getting Pascal Siakam. In this deal, not only would the Warriors send Toronto Wiseman and Wiggins, but they would also be sending them the 7th and 14th picks in this year’s draft.
This would give the Toronto Raptors the 4th, 7th and 14th picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, not only giving them the ability to draft three highly-talented, young players, but they could potentially package all three of these picks together to make another trade for a superstar talent. Immediately, the one name that comes to mind is Damian Lillard.
With Kyle Lowry being a free agent this offseason, the Raptors could turn their attention to adding a star guard via trade, which is why Lilalrd is the first name that comes to mind, but a lot would have to happen between now and then for Toronto to consider this an option.