Kurtenbach: Three realistic trades for the Golden State Warriors

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Are you ready to rumble?

The NBA is going to officially kick off the fastest offseason in a decade on Monday when the trade moratorium is officially lifted. This, followed by the NBA Draft on Wednesday and free agency starting — well, it’s already started behind the scenes.

It’s going to come fast and furious and the Warriors have a lot of moves to make to reinstall themselves as the favorites in the Western Conference.

Armed with the No. 2 overall pick in Wednesday’s draft and a $17.2 million trade exception from last season’s Andre Iguodala trade (which expires next week Monday), what can Golden State do to improve their roster?

How about any of these three trades?

Miami trades Kelly Olynyk to Golden State for a second-round draft pick

This is a salary dump. Plain and simple.

Miami is looking to improve after their impressive run to the NBA Finals, and ridding themselves of Olynyk and his $13.6 million contract for the 2021 season is part of that operation.

But, if the Heat — a good team — don’t want him, why should the Warriors?

First off, the Warriors don’t have Bam Adebayo at center. They don’t even have Meyers Leonard, who started plenty of games for Miami last season.

Olynyk is a good player — he’s just down the pecking order for the center-rich Heat and makes too much money to play his role for that team.

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The Warriors, though, do not have such a problem. Golden State rotates centers like relief pitchers — mixing and matching based on the opponent’s look or the desired outcome. Marquise Chriss is the rim runner. Kevon Looney is the defender. Alen Smailagić does something on this team — we’ll find out soon enough. And Draymond Green is the closer.

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Olynyk, who has shot 37 percent from beyond the arc the last three seasons for Miami, would fit into that bullpen as an offensive option — a Canadian Mo Speights, if you will.

Golden State is yet to have a center who can knock down a 3-pointer at a reliable clip …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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