Warriors Legend Explains Why Trading James Wiseman and Andrew Wiggings Doesn’t Sit Well With Him

Published 06/30/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Mar 4, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (right) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric in the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Teams that weren’t able to make it to the postseason this year or go deep into the playoffs will be working on one thing, and that is: change. Unfortunately, the Golden State Warriors belong to the former category, failing for the second straight season. While injuries are probably their biggest struggle, building a better team will also be the focus this offseason.

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And since the Warriors are one of two teams that have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft, they might be using that to go as aggressive as possible in the game of trades. With rumors of Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman being possible trades, the name that comes up in exchange for them is Toronto Raptors‘ Pascal Siakam.

Entering the 2021 NBA Draft, the Warriors will try to build around their own ‘Big Three’. The Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry trio are expected to be back in action again. This is the trifecta that led the franchise to its championships through 2015, 2017, and 2018.

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So, bringing in an All-Star to join them wouldn’t be such a bad idea. However, the Warriors plan to use Wiseman and Wiggins as their bait for it. Wiseman struggled with injuries throughout the season but showed plenty of signs of potential. Whereas, Andrew Wiggins‘ two-way ability worked wonders for them as well. This is why former Warriors legend Chris Mullin isn’t convinced that this is the best option to trade.

Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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What was Chris Mullin’s advice to the Warriors?

Mullin told KNBR‘s about a possible Siakam trade, “If I’m Toronto, I’ll do that in a second. Tolbert, Krueger, and Brooks. That particular deal — I still have a lot of faith and belief in James Wiseman, and Siakam, he’s a heck of a player but he’s similar to what they have.”

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“If you watched these playoffs, every team has a legitimate center that they use at some point during the game, during the series, to change the way they’re playing. So, I mean I believe in James Wiseman, that’s my personal opinion.”

Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam in action against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Courtesy: Reuters

When Mullin was asked if other names are better than these two, he denied. But he also doesn’t understand why bringing is someone older, who isn’t as talented as the young Wiseman is a smart option. Should the Warriors give up on an All-Star level player in hopes that Wiseman will step up? Or should they not take their chances and go for it?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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