The Golden State Warriors haven’t had the 2022-23 season they were hoping for, as their 27-26 record sees them sitting in just eighth place in the Western Conference right now.
Admittedly, they are only two-and-a-half games behind the third place Sacramento Kings, but things are going to be even harder for them now that Stephen Curry is going to be forced to miss time with a left leg injury.
Curry picked up the injury in the Warriors win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, and is now expected to be out past the All-Star break, which isn’t a great sign for Golden State. This is a huge blow for the Warriors, as Curry has been their main source of offensive production throughout the season (29.4 PPG, 6.4 APG, 6.3 RPG, 49.5 FG%, 42.7 3P%).
The good news for Golden State is that with the trade deadline right around the corner, they have time to make a move to help them overcome the loss of Curry, but that’s obviously going to be easier said than done. With Curry out, though, let’s take a look at three trade targets the Warriors must pursue if they want to remain afloat in the packed Western Conference.
3. Payton Pritchard
The Warriors have always been looking for more depth at the guard position, and that need will be amplified now that Curry is out and there’s no guarantee that Klay Thompson and Donte DiVincenzo will be able to stay on the court. Now, they almost have to make a move to address this spot, and that could lead them to target Payton Pritchard.
Despite his strong play early on in his career, Pritchard has continued to get more and more phased out of the Celtics rotation as his career has gone on. The writing was on the wall after the C’s traded for Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon within only a few months of each other, but Pritchard’s numbers are down across the board (4.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%) as he averages a career-low 12.6 minutes per game.