Warriors exchange rumors: Golden State seeks to pack James Wiseman, selects; could target Pascal Siakam
The Warriors are among the NBA teams with the most buying power in the 2021 NBA Draft. While they don’t have the abundance of picks than the Thunder, Golden State still has some valuable assets in the game. draft.
Because the Timberwolves’ pick landed outside the top three, the Warriors took possession. As a result, they now have two lottery picks, numbers 7 and 14 in total.
But the Warriors might not keep both if all goes according to plan.
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John Hollinger of The Athletic reports that the Warriors are looking to bundle some of their picks with last year’s No.2 pick James Wiseman to potentially upgrade their roster. And they could pursue a potential Raptors upgrade.
The Warriors are generally expected to use No. 7 and Wiseman, in particular, to seek more immediate roster upgrades. A name to watch: Pascal Siakam.
Certainly, Pascal Siakam would be a big blow for Golden State. The 27-year-old has averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for Toronto and would be a good inside addition to Stephen Curry. Siakam could provide the strong presence at low positions the Warriors were hoping for when they drafted Wiseman. Siakam could miss the start of next season after recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum on June 11. He is expected to be away for five months.
Of course, getting the Raptors to deal with Siakam may be easier said than done. He’s the best player in Toronto and with another of the team’s best players, Kyle Lowry, 35, set to become a free agent, the Raptors may not want to dive into a full rebuild.
After all, although the Raptors posted a 27-45 record last season and missed the playoffs, they are only a few years away from winning an NBA title. And Toronto still came close to qualifying for the Eastern Conference final in 2020 despite the departure of Kawhi Leonard.
Maybe the Raptors would be ready to leave Siakam for the right price. Maybe a package involving Wiseman – who averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 39 games as a rookie before a knee injury forced him to retire for the season – would arouse their interest.
But that doesn’t seem too likely, even with the Raptors facing an offseason of uncertainty.
That won’t stop the Warriors from pursuing Siakam, but they may have to look elsewhere to achieve their goal of adding more talent around Curry, 33, to keep their championship window open.