NBA Trade Rumors: Andre Iguodala and 10 Players the G.S. Warriors Should Pursue
I bought a lottery ticket the other day and, like most of us, dreamt of what I would do if I won the lottery. That's all we're really getting with a lottery ticket, not really a chance to be a millionaire, but the 3-5 minutes of dreaming what we would do if we became a millionaire.
The Warriors are in a unique spot; here they are essentially holding a $17 million lottery ticket in the form of expiring contracts, leaving all the Warriors fans daydreaming of what could be if the Warriors cash in their ticket.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, new Warriors CEO Joe Lacob has promised that this is not the same old Warriors. Perhaps a deal may be in the works?
Hopefully he is true to his word because the old Warriors wouldn't have even realized that they had "won the lottery" and just let those contacts expire and head back to the NBA lottery.
With many teams looking to sell, the Warriors should be looking to buy to make a strong push for the playoffs, and have Lacob make good on his promise.
So rather than sit back and daydream like the fans, it's time to make a change and cash that ticket in before it's too late.
Here are 11 players the Warriors should be going after, and with the way they have been playing, one of these guys might help them stay out of the lottery in June.
11. Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton is available since he is rotting on the Detroit Pistons bench waiting for someone to save him.
Hamilton is an NBA Champion and with him on board he can show Curry and Ellis, who play similar roles on the basketball court, what it takes to win in this league.
The Warriors are really missing a presence that has won in this league; just look at all the players that get regular minutes on their current roster.
Depending on how much you think Vladimir Radmanovic helped the Lakers win; no one on this team has been a major contributor on any team that has won two playoff series.
Rip's playoff and NBA experience, as well as his mid-range game to help in their half-court offense, is something that the Warriors could really use.
10. Aaron Brooks
What does any player who is coming off a suspension, in a slump, and in a feud with his coach need to turn things around? A trade, well, unless your name is Gilbert Arenas, a change of scenery is the key.
The Houston Rockets said they are not looking to move him, but we all know that in the NBA that means he probably is.
The Warriors need a true point guard, and if Brooks were indeed available, he would be a nice addition to the Warriors back-court, especially since any deal they are involved in would strengthen their bench by sending Dorell Wright to the bench.
9. Antawn Jamison
Do the Warriors want to bring him back to where he started? Jamison is not the most attractive player available but do the Warriors really want to be stuck with Dan Gadzuric and Vladimir Radmanovic instead?
Jamison can still score, spread the floor and he is familiar with the surroundings, so he would be a nice fit.
A trade may rejuvenate him, but a big problem the Warriors would be facing with him is if he’s so accustomed to losing that he forgot how to win.
Seriously, he’s won one game since Nov. 30, and it’s not like he has been on winners his whole career, but I think it's worth a shot.
If they take him on, they might take as well take a shot at this next guy, I mean both of them can't be busts, right? So, while we’re looking at former Warriors…
8. Troy Murphy
The main reason to re-aquire him is because it's less risky since he is a free agent after the season. Even if he forgot how to play basketball, which is possible since he's been away for so long, they can just cut ties with him at the end of the year.
He was a productive player during his stint in the Bay Area, productive enough for Chris Mullin to give him a $60 million deal, although that deal says more about Mullin than Murphy.
Assuming he remembers how to play the way he used to, he can shoot the three, rebound well, and give the Warriors more muscle down low while strengthening their bench. They could do a lot worse then renting Murphy for three months.
The Denver Nuggets who are in a transition mode right now might just blow their whole team up and Nene might become available. For the Warriors, why not join in on the fire sale in Denver and make a play for this guy?
He would be a great fit alongside David Lee taking some scoring pressure off him down low. He can also get up down and the court well, fitting in the Warriors style of play, while giving the Warriors a strong defensive presence in the middle.
If they can get him and with all the expiring contracts they have, they should see if the Nuggets would include this next guy as well.
6. Chauncey Billups
The Warriors need a veteran leader, and a true point guard, Billups fills both those needs. He is in the back end of his career, but he could provide valuable experience, especially for Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.
He would be a guy the younger players could look to and might be able to teach them how to hold onto a lead.
If Billups has any interest in Golden State, especially when Carmelo Anthony leaves the Nuggets, the Warriors should see what they can do to get him in a Golden State jersey.
5. Gerald Wallace
I would love to see Gerald Wallace in a Warriors uniform and hope that the Charlotte Bobcats are that desperate to unload him.
He had been trapped in a half-court offense under Larry Brown and has been unleashed these past few weeks since Brown left the team.
I can only imagine what he would do in the Warriors system, the only downside is his health as they don't call him "Crash" for nothing, but he is defiantly worth the gamble.
If Charlotte is willing to trade him in a salary dump, the Warriors should be knocking down their door.
4. Josh Smith
The Warriors should really be taking a look if the Hawks are unhappy with Josh Smith, and if he is available and put together a deal that can bring him aboard.
The Warriors can score points, but with Smith running all over the floor wreaking havoc on defense that would bring an element that the Warriors haven't seen in a long time.
His ability to block shots and his crowd-pleasing dunks would be a welcome addition.
3. Elton Brand
The Warriors tried to get him a few years ago, and he might be available again since he is owed $35 million in the next two years.
He is probably never going to be the player he once was, but he is having a nice season tallying 15 points and 8 rebounds to go with strong defensive numbers.
He would be a great addition to a team that lacks toughness, with him and David Lee they would have two (former) All-Stars down low to form a nice inside-outside game with Curry and Ellis in the back-court.
2. Danny Granger
Danny Granger is the best player on a team that is 21-27, would the Pacers be that much worse without him there?
On the Warriors, he would be another elite scorer on a team where he wouldn’t have to be the go-to scorer, allowing him to play more freely and without as much pressure.
Guarding strong athletic forwards has been a problem all year for the Warriors; Granger could provide the strength and quickness to guard most wings in this league.
His style of play seems like he would fit in great with the W's.
1. Andre Iguodala
The biggest prize I think on trade market for the Warriors, because of his ability to handle the basketball.
I would love to see a lineup with Iggy at point guard, Curry and Ellis on the wings with Lee and Andris Biedrins up front.
His stellar defense would really make up for the lack of size and defensive ability from the Warriors back court. This is Monta Ellis' team right now, so Iguodala won't have to play the "lead role" on this Warriors team.
He can be the second or third option, which would allow him to put that much more energy on the defensive end, and not being the go-to guy is a role he is more suited to play.