The Golden State Warriors came into the offseason with lofty expectations. After losing in the NBA Play-In Tournament to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies, they wanted to upgrade their roster in a big way.
Armed with multiple assets, Golden State had the ammunition to pull off a blockbuster trade. They had two lottery picks in this year’s draft and James Wiseman, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, as centerpieces of a deal.
They worked the phones tirelessly but ended up making the No. 7 and No. 14 selections themselves. With those picks, they landed Jonathan Kuminga from the G League Ignite and Moses Moody out of Arkansas.
While the draft is now behind us, NBA free agency is here and the Warriors can still make some moves.
While they won’t be big players there, as they do not have salary cap space to spend, they did lock up Stephen Curry to a max extension and signed Nemanja Bjelica away from the Miami Heat.
Despite what will likely be a quiet free agency, the team can still make a trade to upgrade their roster. Here are three win-now trade targets the Warriors should pursue.
3. Buddy Hield
The Sacramento Kings were close to trading Buddy Hield before the 2021 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers. The framework of a deal was in place, as Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick were going to be sent to Sacramento for Hield.
At the last minute, the Washington Wizards swooped in a deal was made involving those three pieces and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for Russell Westbrook. Being close enough that a package was discussed, it will be awkward for Buddy Hield to return to the Kings, so the Golden State Warriors should take advantage.
If they are willing to pay what would be a massive tax bill, the Warriors could offer Kelly Oubre Jr. in a sign-and-trade for Hield should Sacramento be interested in acquiring him. Oubre would help balance out the Kings’ roster and give them a long-term option on the wing.