Next season, Andrew Wiggins and Oublay are likely to occupy the starting positions in the Warriors. The author of “The Athletic” stated that without last year’s signing of Kevin Durant, the Warriors would not have been able to get Wiggins and Oublay, and they also had a 2021 protected first from the Timberwolves. Round to sign.
In the summer of 2019, Durant, who became a free agent, decided to leave the Warriors. At that time, the Warriors management decided to use the first sign to exchange for some bargaining chips, they did not want to lose Durant in vain. Therefore, the Warriors reached an agreement with the Nets to get Russell in the first round. It is reported that, in exchange for Russell, the Warriors management and coaching staff have differences, because Russell is not suitable for the Warriors tactical system.
But looking at it now, although Russell did not help the Warriors to play a good record in the Warriors half of the season, although the Warriors triggering the hard salary cap throughout the season is restricted, the final result is beneficial to the Warriors. In the middle of last season, the Warriors sent Russell to the Timberwolves to join forces with his friend Karl-Anthony Towns in exchange for Wiggins and Timberwolves’ 2021 protected first-round pick.
In addition, the Warriors triggered a hard salary cap in Durant’s first-sign-and-change deal last summer, and they were forced to send Andre Iguodala, the first-round protected signing of 2024 to the Grizzlies. In exchange for a special transaction valued at more than $17 million. This year’s offseason, because of Klay Thompson’s Achilles tendon tear, the Warriors decided to use this trade exception. They traded Oublay from the Thunder.
In other words, the Warriors are equivalent to trading Iguodala, the protected first-round pick in 2024, and the protected first-round pick in 2021 (for the Thunder) in exchange for Wiggins, Oublay and Timberwolves in the first round of 2021. sign. If the Warriors cannot get the Timberwolves’ first-round pick in 2021, then this first-round pick will become an unprotected first-round pick in 2022. The value of this first-round pick held by the Warriors is extremely high. 2021 is a draft year, and if it is an unprotected first-round pick in 2022, considering the strength of the Timberwolves, the Warriors may get a high overall pick.
The Warriors’ first-round pick to the Thunder is the top 20 pick protection. If the Thunder can’t get it in 2021, then this first-round pick will automatically be converted into a second-round pick in 2021.
The Warriors’ first-round pick for the Grizzlies in 2024 is the top 4 protection. If the Grizzlies can’t get it by then, they will get the Warriors’ first-round pick in 2025 (the top pick). If the Warriors get the No. 1 pick in 2025, they will give the Grizzlies the first round pick in 2026 (without protection).
If the Warriors have been in the playoffs for the next few seasons, their first round picks will be very late and of average value. This is equivalent to the Warriors trading veteran Iguodala, two worthy first-round picks for a new set of wing combinations, and a very valuable first-round pick. Most teams will watch them leave after their big-name free agent contracts expire, but the Warriors have hoarded assets by signing first and then changing one step at a time.
Of course, the Warriors need to pay a luxury tax after they trade for Wiggins and Oubre, but Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Pete Gulbo have repeatedly emphasized that as long as the team is competitive, they are willing to pay the luxury tax. Money is not an issue for the Warriors.
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