Why make a move?
Many are wondering if the Golden State Warriors are going to make a move to trade for a stronger small forward, or perhaps some guard depth. Right now, with Jarrett Jack likely out a couple more games, the Warriors are looking for some depth. Yes, a Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson backcourt is one of the best in the NBA, and Jarrett Jack can support them.
Who can back-up Klay Thompson, however?
Charles Jenkins is not yet developed and can’t provide some consistent scoring. Kent Bazemore is but a young rookie who is just learning how to play in an NBA game. Against the Thunder, he scored 11 points and has proved himself to be a good option when players such as Stephen Curry are injured. His minutes will increase.
Who to acquire?
1. Tony Allen
Allen is almost a perfect fit. Right now in Memphis, he is averaging 8 PPG, while also providing stellar defense that many teams are looking for. He’s fit for a starting role. A duo of him and Jarrett Jack, or Stephen Curry, however, could prove to be deadly. Klay Thompson, although an excellent defender, cannot stay with guards like Russell Westbrook. In making this trade, the Warriors would possibly give up Harrison Barnes, and maybe they would have to give up Jarrett Jack.
2. Ian Mahinmi
Mahinmi? Who’s that? Yes, Mahinmi isn’t the greatest of players, but right now, he’s silently having an excellent season as a reserve in Indiana. He’s a solid center, who provides some good work. It’s clear to me now that Andris Biedrins won’t return to his star-like ways, and Festus Ezeli’s offensive game, as of now, is weak. Mahinmi would be a good guy to go to in the absence of Andrew Bogut.
3. Anthony Morrow
When Morrow went undrafted in the 2008 season, the Warriors were really making a gamble by signing him. He has more than impressed, however. Morrow’s 37 point game against the Clippers really made a statement. The Warriors had flashes of brilliance. Morrow could easily be one of the best shooters in the league when healthy. If the Warriors get Morrow back, they add more backcourt depth and length.
4. Danny Granger
This would be a huge gamble and huge trade. As a top 10 SF in the league, Danny Granger has continued to impress. He’s been snubbed from the all-star game, as he is a pure scorer, but plays along Paul George. Right now he is injured, but could be deadly when he comes back. In trading for him, however, the Warriors would need to give up a huge piece like future stars Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes.