The Golden State Warriors may have caught an unexpected break in their bid to land an All-Star big man.
Golden State has consistently emerged as a contender for Pascal Siakam, and an insider believes that an offseason procedure could give the Warriors a leg up in snagging him. The move could help Golden State in its attempt to rapidly rebound from back-to-back seasons that ended short of the playoffs and jump back into title contention with the expected return of Klay Thompson.
As Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area noted, Siakam will be sidelined for roughly five months after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder. He noted that this could either push the Warriors away from the talented big man or create a smoother path to landing him.
“So on one hand, this injury makes you wonder if Golden State will be more reluctant to go after him,” Shiller wrote. “But on the flip side, perhaps the Warriors wouldn’t have to give up as much to acquire him.”