Anyway, the Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in their primes (at least hypothetically). Golden State also has intriguing young players in James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and Jordan Poole.
Trading those youngsters for someone more capable of helping while the window remains open around Curry, Green and Thompson would make sense. Building a team this good is difficult. It’d be a shame not to maximize this opportunity to win.
Joe Lacob isn’t bluffing. He does not want to trade James Wiseman or Jonathan Kuminga. You can question his vision, but I wouldn’t be skeptical of the transparency.
Go reread the quotes, if you want. He envisions Wiseman and Kuminga as supplementary, cheaper rotation pieces around an expensive core during their first NBA contract and the franchise’s superstar successors by the time they hit their second NBA contracts, ushering in the Warriors’ next era.
Lacob has called Kuminga and Wiseman (and Jordan Poole and Moses Moody) the organization’s “bridge” to the future and he doesn’t seem intent on burning it, even for a mid-tier star like Simmons who immediately upgrades the team, but is already on his second contract, a max, and comes attached to legit questions about his game and fit.
But this sounds like Golden State’s commitment to keeping Wiseman and Kuminga goes well beyond a Simmons trade. And maybe that is truly the plan.
But after how the Russell situation unfolded, I darned sure wouldn’t trust the Warriors on that.