ESPN’s NBA analyst Brian Windhurst believes the Warriors will look significantly different by the end of the season.
On their Hoop Collective podcast, Sunday night, Windhorst and his friends discussed possible moves for Golden State, whose playoff hopes seem to be falling sharply.
When he was just spitballing – not telling news from sources – the Windhorst trade sees the winds blowing.”Some of these people that they signed, I don’t think they really have much use anymore”, he said.
I think we’re going to see the Warriors do a series of trades. They all look mediocre in the short term, but I think we’re getting very active to see them taking this roster forward.
The first to be discussed was D’Angelo Russell, who Windhurst feels is not worth the maximum-contract money.
“I don’t like that contract”, Windhorst said. “It is possible that his value may never be higher than at present … Have the Warriors traded him to come in January?”
Windhorst’s ESPN affiliate Royce Young responded, “Yes, I think they eventually take him between January and summer”.
Minnesota, which previously expressed interest in Russell, and Detroit have been mentioned as potential destinations.
Wiredhurst said the most traded player is Alec Burke. “He’s the guy I think will almost certainly be traded,” Windhorst said. “Number 1, he’s easy to trade because he makes a minimum salary. They don’t have to do crazy things to get rid of it.”
Berks’ offensive skills could prove useful for playoff contenders who need bench assistance.
Like Burke, Glenn Robinson III and Willie Cole-Stein also have one-year, minimum-deal deals and cannot be settled before mid-December.
Windhorst noted that Colley-Stein’s services may be more demanding than the start of center Kevonne Loney’s hamstring injury.
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The rest of the time should be spent with the Warriors’ G-League team.
Whatever they do, the Warriors have to reduce salaries before adding new players, as they have little room to work.”They can only take a salary of $ 300,000 before triggering a hard cap”, Windhorst said.