TB wrote:Warriors aren't going to trade Wiggins for Gordon (not to mention giving up a pick too).
If we go after Gordon, it's going to be using the TPE. Example: Find a team with a 17m contract they want off the books and trade the TPE for it (maybe even get a 2nd rounder for it), then trade that player and a pick for Gordons 18m contract.
Only way Wiggins is going to be traded is if its needed to match someone in the 25+ million range (aka blockbuster deal where we are unloading all picks and future picks for a superstar).
Gordon’s not my first choice of targets, but would be palatable - as long as he’s not playing most of his time as a 3, which he’s shown to be ineffective doing. In other words, I don’t think Wiggins would be included in a deal, but a third team would be needed to bridge the salary (with Gordon ultimately going to the TPE slot, as follows):
Deal 1 (theoretical): Warriors trade rights to Utah’s 2nd round pick (slotted at #54 right now) to Minnesota for James Johnson, who is absorbed into the TPE.
Deal 2: Warriors trade Johnson + rights to their first-round pick to Orlando for Gordon + rights to Orlando’s first-round pick.
These deals would have to be agreed-to before the draft, and then when the Warriors drafted, it would be on Orlando’s behalf (and vice-versa).
So the ultimate “net” of the deal would be something like:
Warriors “in”: Gordon + Orlando’s draft pick
Warriors “out”: TPE + GSW’s first-round pick + Utah’s 2nd round pick (*)
(* - I’m assuming we’d have to throw some kind of small compensation to Minnesota to get Johnson, and am just estimating this as Utah’s 2nd round pick)
When this is all said and done, the Warriors would have a starting line-up of Curry/Klay/Wiggins/Draymond/Chriss (?), with Gordon being a super-sub who could also play 4/5 in a small-ball line-up.
Plus they’d have Orlando’s pick (maybe they could also try to move up a bit to snare Okongwu or Wiseman, if either dropped), the MLE available for a big (Baynes-ish?), and minimums to fill out the roster.