5. The Warriors could target Tomas Satoransky (Chicago Bulls)
Tomas Satoransky seems to make the most sense for a bevy of reasons. While he’s not the outside threat that many of the other players on this list are, he’s an obvious backup point guard in the Shaun Livingston mode that can defend multiple positions.
He’s not elite, but at 6-foot-7, Satoransky’s length allows him to defend multiple positions. He’s always been a decent player on bad teams, so it’s hard to project how he’d adapt to a more niche role, but it’s easy to see him acting as a valuable backcourt swiss-army knife.
His game just doesn’t have too many holes. He’s a respectable 37 percent three-point shooter (albeit at a low volume), dishes over six assists, and grabs about five rebounds per 36-minutes over his career. Satoransky seems like the 16-game player that Golden State once said to be targetting.
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His salary for next season is $10 million, which is by no means cheap, but also is probably why the Bulls aren’t dying to hold onto it either.
If the Warriors like what they see, he’s under contract the following season for $10 million, again with only $5 million guaranteed. Unlike most other options, they have some long-term security.
The Bulls are one of the worst run organizations in the NBA, but even they understand that Satoransky won’t be the piece that makes or breaks their 2020-2021 season.
Unloading his salary may appeal to an organization that knows fans won’t be clamoring for tickets even if fans are allowed in their arena.
With a team so bereft of unknowns, a flexible weapon like Satoransky seems like an ideal target to sure up the team’s wing depth.
If Jordan Poole and Ky Bowman fail to handle backup point guard duties, Satoransky can handle the job. At the same time, if they can, he has the size and shooting ability to handle an off-ball role as well.
Chicago finished the season with the seventh-worst record in the NBA. If the Warriors end up with the third overall selection and the Bulls remain at seven, a swap would seem like an ideal fit for both teams.