A fan from San Antonio made a trade scenario between the three teams that could help each franchise to move forward. These three teams miss the playoff last season, Spurs and Warriors first this year while Hornets since 2017. The Golden State Warriors are looking to get back in the title contention right away with a healthy Big Three behind Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. On the other hand, the Spurs wants to get some draft picks capital to continue building on their future. While the Charlotte Hornets needs a scorer to be more competitive behind their young guys.
So this is a trade idea made by Eric Salinas a long time Spurs fans.
Warriors receive LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay.
Spurs receive Kevon Looney, Nic Batum, Cody Zeller, Warriors 2020 second overall pick, Hornets 2020 third pick overall, and 2021 first-round pick.
Hornets receive DeMar DeRozan, Andrew Wiggins, and Spurs 2020 11th pick overall.
This is the right time for the Warriors to win again as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson approaching the exit of their prime with certain injuries lately. With LaMarcus Aldridge on the team, they deepen their frontcourt. As later in the last season the big man shoots a volume of three in a high percentage at a 40% rate. This means he’s not a one-dimensional old guy whose bread and butter are coming from down low. Aldridge can be a tough matchup against any bigs in the league on both ends of the court. Draymond Green can lessen the burden on protecting the paint with Aldridge. The former All-Star big man had a successful record against Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, and even Nikola Jokic. On the said trade, the Warriors also get another scorer who can lead the bench like Shaun Livingston’s role from the past. Rudy Gay can still get buckets for at least 15 points per game while shooting 40% from the arc. The forward can create on his own and shows from the past that he can still be effective either as a starter or from the bench. With his size, Rudy Gay is a mismatch offensively for either big or guard.
The big picture here is throwing away Andrew Wiggins’s contract worth 90 million guaranteed for the next three years. The cap space impact could use to sign good role players to give depth on the roster. With the emergence of Eric Paschall, the Dubs got no problem to replace Wiggins scoring production. LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay are in the final year of their contracts so the Warriors can retain Draymond Green by paying him enough money.
For San Antonio Spurs, acquiring three picks and two of it are top three picks this NBA Draft will be such a great way to continue a mini rebuild. The Spurs had one of the youngest rosters as Derrick White is only 26 while Murray 24, Walker 22, and Keldon Johnson 20 that shows potential to be the next future star of the team. The Spurs dream to pick a young wing-like Deni Advija is their dream. The Israeli sensation has kinda dominated the league in the future with a proper guide to work for the strength of his game. Deni Advija is a 6’7″ forward who can play four positions while can guard those four also. A great playmaker of his size who can rebound at well. So if the Spurs can get Advija will be a huge one to lock their needs in the forward position. While the Spurs can also have an opportunity to grab James Wiseman to help locked one of their biggest needs. He’s kinda like of David Robinson’s potential. The right organization could help Wiseman grow to be a successful big man in the league. The Spurs are known for their culture in which they consider everyone as their family. Given the history, Wiseman played only three games as a freshman in Memphis which could be something in his character. But the talent he got, it’s tough for the Spurs to pass on him.
Absorbing Nic Batum and Cody Zeller’s expiring contract is worth giving these picks. While Kevon Looney could be a cheap steal that insured to protect the paint for the Spurs.
While the Charlotte Hornets can have scorers that can help them as they ranked dead last season in terms of scoring. DeMar DeRozan is on a great run individually in San Antonio for the last two seasons. He can help the Hornets shooters the way DeRozan attacked the basket. The former All-Star is still in his prime that could be a leader behind this Hornets team. While Andrew Wiggins is a proven scorer who can average 20+ points per game. The 30 million yearly for the next three years could be too much but he’s only 25 and not bad to invest in him despite weakness. The Hornets can be a great contender for a playoff seed leading by DeMar DeRozan, Andrew Wiggins, Devonte Graham, Terry Rozier, PJ Washington, and Miles Bridges. A fifth seed in the Eastern Conference is highly possible for this team. As the team had a pick to invest at 11th that could be a consolation.