With Klay Thompson being out for the second straight NBA season, now with an Achilles injury, the Golden State Warriors are not going to be the dominant team they have been used to being over the years and will have a lot of learning curves to attempt and get over this year. With a lot of new, young faces on this roster, things will be tough for Stephen Curry and Golden State.
After starting the season 2-2 with wins over two teams who are not projected to be in the NBA playoffs this year, it is clear to see that this team has some major issues on both ends of the court. Obviously missing Draymond Green due to injury and having Kelly Oubre Jr. start the season 1-21 from three-point range definitely does not help the Warriors, but they just do not seem to have the firepower they have had in the past.
Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr. and James Wiseman all are solid complimentary players, but outside of Stephen Curry, there is no guy you can point to on the roster and feel comfortable with taking a shot late in any game.
As a result, unless Golden State trades for another superstar talent to pair Stephen Curry with, this team faces the possibility of missing the NBA playoffs for the second-consecutive year, losing a protected first-round draft pick as a result, and having to pay millions of dollars in luxury tax for a losing team.
While it may seem like a major stretch, the Warriors hypothetically could make a trade to acquire Paul George from the Clippers work, but after signing a four-year, $190M contract extension this offseason, it seems like George wants to remain in Los Angeles until near the end of his career. If Golden State can put together an irresistible trade package though for the 6x All-Star, the Clippers would definitely listen to what GM Bob Myers and the Warriors’ front office has to say.
Again, this is all hypothetical, but here is a potential league altering trade that would send superstar Paul George to the Golden State Warriors for a massive trade package.