Wild 3-Team Trade Proposal Would Send Donovan Mitchell to Warriors
In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors have a first-world problem.
Fresh off winning their fourth title in eight years, the Warriors publicly talked about running it back with contenders, while also threading the needle and developing their young core to set themselves up for the future.
This may sound great in theory, but staying the course long-term will be tough to maintain and figure out. Warriors' owner Joe Lacob acknowledged that earlier this summer.
"Those numbers are not even remotely possible," Lacob told Tim Kawakami about paying over $400 million per season on The Athletic The TK Show on July 7. "They're just not. I'm already in trouble with the rest of the league. We are in trouble for being where we are."
As the Athletic reported on July 27, Stephen Curry would not be happy if his longtime teammates Klay Thompson or Draymond Green were split up.
Curry sees the Big Three as a package deal. While much of the talk of the season was about the Warriors' plan to win and develop simultaneously, it isn't lost on the veteran core how that plan disappeared in the postseason.
Something's got to give. If the team is not willing to pay the exorbitant amount of dollars to maintain their contending status and develop young players at the same time, the ball is going to drop one way or another.
5-Player Trade Proposal Would Send Donovan Mitchell to Dubs
Taking into account that the Warriors will probably not want to infuriate Curry by trading one of his longtime buddies, here is a possible trade that could keep the Dubs in contention while trimming their luxury tax.
Golden State Warriors get:
Utah Jazz get:
- James Wiseman
- Doug McDermott
- Moses Moody
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- 2025 Spurs 1para Round Pick (via CHI)
San Antonio Spurs get:
The Dubs manage to save roughly $17 million in this deal in the short-term, which would save them almost $120 million in luxury taxes for the year. Golden State would be paying about $7 for every dollar they spend as outlined here by Forbes. Plus, they wouldn't have to worry about extending Wiseman and Moody in the future.
Instead of going after Kevin Durant and exhausting their entire pipeline of assets, Mitchell is not a bad consolation prize and gives the Warriors another star they can invest in with the Big Three getting older. The three years left in Mitchell's contract give the Dubs a long leash on keeping one of the best explosive guards in today's league.
This also keeps the Big Three core intact, while also allowing the Dubs to give up-and-coming Jordan Poole an extension. Combined with how the Warriors let all their role players walk and Lacob's comments about cutting back costs, there is just no way the team can manage to give both Wiggins and Poole extensions.
Why Would the Jazz and Spurs Do This Deal?
The Jazz are essentially getting two viable young assets in this trade, along with three first-round picks. Michael Scotto of HoopsHype recently reported that the Jazz are looking to get even more for Mitchell than they did for Gobert.
According to multiple NBA executives who have spoken to the Jazz about trading for Donovan Mitchell, Utah is seeking as many draft picks as possible and isn't prioritizing win-now players. Utah is looking to land a bigger haul for Mitchell than the Rudy Gobert trade that netted four first-round picks and 2022 first-rounder Walker Kessler from Minnesota, league sources told HoopsHype.
The Jazz demand of five to six first-round picks will never be met, and in this trade, they would be banking on the potential of two relatively unproven stars. Wiseman's value could not be lower than it is now, but if he and Moody up their value by the trade deadline, Utah could be more intrigued by their long-term potential than they are with other assets available to them on the trade market..
The Spurs would essentially be trading a veteran and a first for Wiggins, which is great value. And since they could likely sign him in free agency next offseason anyway, they probably wouldn't give up much more for him.. In return, they would have the opportunity to build around Keldon Johnson and Wiggins. With Wiggins seeking a big payday, the Spurs can afford to offer him the maximum extension next offseason, especially since they project to have close to $26.8 million in cap space.
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