The Golden State Warriors took a year off from their NBA dominance during an injury-plagued 2019-20 season. But with Klay Thompson and Steph Curry fully healthy and ready to return to the lineup, the Warriors will once again be in the conversation for the NBA's best team in 2021.
However, that's not to say they can't make some moves to improve the team for next season and beyond. Armed with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft and some other tradeable assets, Golden State has plenty of possibilities.
With that in mind, here are three trades the Warriors could make.
3. Mitchell Robinson, C, New York Knicks
If the Warriors want to look toward the future, the New York Knicks could potentially be a trade partner. It's no secret the Knicks need a point guard and have had their eyes on LaMelo Ball in the draft for a while now. He will most likely be available at No. 2, but surely not at No. 8 where the Knicks currently sit. A package of Andrew Wiggins and the No. 2 pick in exchange for Mitchell Robinson, Julius Randle and the No. 8 pick could be the foundation of a deal. In Robinson, the Warriors get a young athletic center with massive potential. Already one of the best shot blockers in the league, Robinson has shown he can also affect the game without the ball in his hands. This would allow the Warriors to rid themselves of the Wiggins contract and still retain a lottery pick in this year's draft. Randle could support Draymond Green at power forward and be a great addition to their second unit. Randle also has an expiring contract, providing them flexibility after next season. The Knicks would get another scorer to pair with RJ Barrett and of course their franchise point guard in Ball.
2. Myles Turner, C, Pacers
The Warriors still are in need of an athletic center and Myles Turner could be the perfect target. Still only 24 years old, the former Texas Longhorn has been reportedly shopped for a while now following the emergence of Domantas Sabonis. A deal centered around Andrew Wiggins could get the job done. Golden State might have to throw in a future pick, but adding in the No. 2 pick for this season would be far too much for just Turner in exchange. Wiggins would give the Pacers another young wing scorer to play alongside Victor Oladipo or to ultimately replace him, given the heavy rumors that Oladipo could leave following next season.
1. Ben Simmons, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
This move would certainly be the biggest splash of them all. With Doc Rivers coming into Philadelphia as the new coach and a clear overhaul needed for the franchise that has disappointed in the playoffs for yet another year. Rumors have already begun swirling about Doc's desire for a new point guard. This move would absolutely require the No. 2 overall pick outright, plus probably one more future first-round pick, Wiggins, and maybe one more role player. All of that just to get the Sixers to pick up the phone for Simmons. But Simmons could be dynamic on the Warriors. He could share ball-handling duties with Curry, who is phenomenal off the ball in the Warriors' offense. While Simmons' shooting doesn't align with the Warriors, he does just about everything else at an elite level. If anyone can find a way to best utilize Simmons' talents, it's the Steve Kerr and the Warriors. So despite the high price tag, it could be worth it. They just have to hope a better offer doesn't present itself to the Sixers.
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