Golden State Warriors Trade Rumors


Our second lot of trade rumors are here, and they are juicy for the already stacked roster of the Golden State Warriors.

Serge Ibaka

The Magic are rumored to be unloading Ibaka in preference to a rebuild and the Warriors are interested. The Warriors have been playing without a true rim protector. Draymond Green is exceptional in defense and has the ability to protect the rim if needed, but a role player will go a longer way. Ibaka could just about fill this role.

For a long time, Ibaka and Kevin Durant played together at Oklahoma. The two can play off each other perfectly. The forward would be extremely comfortable with Durant’s presence both offensively and defensively.

Source: Zimbio.com

Mike Dunleavy Jr

This is a fun one because Dunleavy was officially traded to the Hawks with no plans to report to Atlanta. Dunleavy Jr is hanging out for a buyout that would allow him to pick a team.

There is no real indication that the buyout is definite, but there is potential for suitors to snatch up Dunleavy.

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ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes reported that the Warriors would consider Dunleavy as a potential free agent but only if his contract is bought out by the Hawks. Obviously, Golden State cannot offer more than the minimum salary. This might be a pleasing offer the veteran; however, as the 36-year-old is at the end of his career and has a desire to join a contender; the money is less of a factor.

The benefits of this trade are somewhat obvious. Dunleavy having already played for the Warriors from 2002 until 2007 would already be familiar with the organization. During his stint in Golden State, he averaged 10.6 PPG on 43.2% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the arc.

The Warriors would be forced to clear a spot for the veteran, which is something they might not be interested in doing.

Klay Thompson

Obviously, this is an out. We have known this for a long time but now it is starting to get serious despite Coach, Steve Kerr denying the rumors.

“We’re not trading Klay. I told Klay. I called him and I said, ‘Klay doesn’t listen to anything.’ He does not even know who we play most of the time; he is not a guy that’s reading everything. He had not even seen it. Then I talked to his agent.”

It could turn out that Kerr is fabricating the truth. Celtics analyst for CSNNE, Brian Scalabrine released a statement that he heard about the rumors, and the Celtics are interested in Thompson.

Scalabrine knows the deal will be laid on the table soon for Thompson, and the Warriors will receive Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick.

This deal has potential to be exceptional for the Warriors.

Bradley Avery is amongst the Celtics best players. On their first meeting, Bradley held Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard to 14 points on a 3-16 shooting. Post-match, Lillard called him “the best perimeter defender in the league.”

 

Avery would an exceptional defensive cog alongside Draymond Green.

Jae Crowder is not the most skilled and athletic player in the league, but he’s extremely versatile and his hustle is incredible. He’s currently avenging 13.5 PPG (career high) and 5.3 RPG (career high). He’s shooting at 44.7% in the field and 35.2 percent from the deep, both career highs.

His ability to turn games around is exceptional and would be extremely handy for the Warriors to come back and win clutch games.

Anthony Davis

 

Source: USA Today

Rumors involving New Orleans Pelicans star forward, Anthony Davis have been at the back of everyone’s mind for a while now. Apparently, Davis is frustrated that the Pelicans continue to lose.

Davis would boost the chances of a ring in any franchise with an average 21.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. His best rated a 31.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks. He’s second in scoring behind Russel Westbrook, and is fluent and extremely creative with the ball.

The Warriors could look at a deal involving the exchange of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston both being free agents next season.

The deal is next to impossible but that’s what trade rumors are for, right?

 

Greg Monroe

Speculations around Greg Monroe have gotten more prevalent. The Warriors look set to work an exceptional deal with Milwaukee Bucks for Monroe to strengthen up the team's center position.

Monroe certainly has the skill-set that the Warriors need in their frontcourt firepower. Monroe would be circulating with Zaza Pachulia and Anderson Varejao in centre-forward.

Monroe did not reach his career averages in this current season for the Bucks, but a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered.

Morning News USA reported that unless the center is moved by the Bucks before the trade deadline, Monroe will be perusing free agency next July.

Source: Fansided.com

It would be extremely hard for the Golden State Warriors to beef their roster up anymore, but a few names here and there could really give them the punch to get that ring. 

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