Grade the Trade: Mavericks land Warriors forward in blockbuster proposal

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Grading the trade for the Golden State Warriors

There have been rumors that the Warriors may need to combine Wiggins in aggregate in any trade they make with him because of how low his value may have stooped this season, so if we are going off of that barometer then this is a pretty good deal for Golden State. At almost .500, the Warriors are seeking to get back in the playoff picture despite the immense amount of adversity they've dealt with recently.

While Dallas desperately needs Wiggins' defense or someone of his caliber on that end, Golden State has pretty stout wing defenders across the board right now and has struggled trying to sustain with Wiggins' dwindling offensive production this season. Golden State likely wouldn't be getting anything worth the extension they handed out to Wiggins at the beginning of the 2022-23 season, so they'd certainly be inclined to jump an opportunity to get a young player in Prosper as well as a second round pick in this trade.

The Warriors would free up some minutes for some of their promising young players who are warranting more minutes such as Jonathan Kuminga, and at least one of Kleber or Holmes would likely slot in as a capable backup center to Looney, especially given Kleber's recent resurgence.

Parting with Moody would cause hesitation on Golden State's end, but it's not too egregious of an ask from Dallas when you consider that they'd replace him with a younger and lengthier Prosper, even if Prosper is less developed at this point in his career.

Potential starting lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

Golden State would answer lots of questions in regards to their rotation if they made this trade, which in turn would likely help bolster chemistry as the Warriors look to fight for a playoff spot.

They likely get an intriguing backup center, a very promising young wing in this trade, and some subtle draft compensation. It may not be an earth-shattering package going to Golden State, but given how much of an albatross Wiggins' contract is for the Warriors, a trade like this can't place anywhere lower than a B.

Warriors' grade, Wiggins to Mavs. B+. Solve Wiggins/Kuminga minutes issue. Get needed big-man depth. Golden State Warriors