Coming into this season, the Golden State Warriors knew they were going to have a tougher year than the team had endured in the last half a decade or so. Kevin Durant left the Western Conference to sign with the Brooklyn Nets and Klay Thompson was out for the season with a torn ACL.
Fast forward a few weeks into the season and things have seemingly imploded. The Warriors started the season at 2-6 and lost Stephen Curry to a broken hand for at least three months. There were also reports earlier today that Curry's season may very well be over.
With their roster almost unrecognizable from their NBA title runs, it might be time for the Warriors to embrace a full on rebuild. Talk about your all-time 180s.
One of the Warriors' offseason acquisitions, Alec Burks, has been reported as one of the most likely players to be traded, if and when the team starts selling off its assets. A solid role player who can score that has a manageable contract ($2.3 million expiring deal) could be of help to a number of potential playoff teams looking for a solid veteran contributor off the bench.
With that in mind, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Burks.
1. Toronto Raptors
After losing Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors have to go back to doing what they do best, building their team through the draft and trades. Burks could come to Toronto and help with the scoring of the second unit. He could take some of the load off Pascal Siakam and will likely come cheap. The Warriors will be looking to acquire assets in the deal, so expect another expiring contract a pick or two to be sent the Warriors way in any deal for Burks.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in rebuild mode right now, which is exactly why Burks elected not to sign there this past offseason, instead opting for Golden State. However, if the Warriors are looking for future draft capital, then OKC is a place to find them. They have far and away more future first round picks than any other team in the NBA over the next six seasons. A player like Burks might not return a valuable first-round pick in this year's draft, but one of those future ones, or even a second-rounder, could certainly fit the bill, especially since the Thunder already showed interest in Burks in the offseason.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
After losing JJ Reddick, the Philadelphia 76ers need to surround Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid with as much outside shooting as possible – something they seemingly failed to accomplish this offseason. Burks is a solid 3-point shooter, posting a 41.2 3-point percentage so far this season and could provide them with a scorer off the bench. Burks could come cheap, with no long-term commitment, another perk to a deal between the 76ers and Warriors as Philadelphia is in win-now mode this season.
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