NBA Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors not trading young core at the deadline

Golden State Warriors James Wiseman (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors James Wiseman (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Trade Rumors: The Golden State Warriors may make a move at the trade deadline but they’re not moving James Wiseman.

Over the next few weeks, there will be many eyes on the Golden State Warriors. The defending champions haven’t looked like the defending champions much this season but the vast expectation is that will begin to change leading up to the final push toward the playoffs.

And one way the Warriors could begin to change the narrative of their season is at the trade deadline. The Warriors generally aren’t a team that is very active at the trade deadline but this may be a year where they make an exception.

With plenty of uncertainties heading into the offseason, there’s a case to be made that the Warriors need to make a move to squeeze every ounce out of this core that they can. At least for now, it doesn’t appear the Warriors are willing to mortgage the future for that.

According to a recent report, the Warriors don’t plan on trading James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, or Moses Moody for a player – or players – that could be better served for this team’s chances this season.

The Golden State Warriors could still make a move at the trade deadline

Even though it doesn’t seem as if the Warriors are going to trade Wiseman, that doesn’t mean they will stand pat at the trade deadline. It was previously reported that the Warriors were interested in adding shooting and size at the deadline; I’m not sure their stance has changed.

The Warriors have begun to play better as of late and they’re only four games (in the loss column) back of a top 3 seed in the West. Perhaps they may not be able to catch the Denver Nuggets or Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of the season, but it should be a goal for the team to try and avoid either of those teams in the first round of the playoffs.

And with the Warriors finally getting healthy, this team could begin to hit its stride after the all-star break. And making a move at the trade deadline could go a long way in jumpstarting this team’s run.

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At least for now, the team doesn’t appear ready to throw in the towel on Wiseman. He’s still young and raw, but most importantly talented. He may be having a season to forget but if it ever clicks for him, he’s a player that can make a huge impact on this team.