Everyone has their eyes on the Golden State Warriors coming into the new season, mostly because both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are fully recovered and ready to have another championship run. Even though their core group of players is still there alongside Draymond Green, the Warriors lost Kevin Durant and some other key players from the bench that often gave them big minutes in crucial games. According to Paul Pierce, if they want to stay competitive in a very tough western conference, they will need to add another All-Star caliber player.
Pierce often says somewhat absurd things on live TV, but when talking about the Warriors and what they need to do to be a championship contender, he made some really good points. No matter how great Curry, Thompson, and Green are together, they are in their 30’s and need someone who can take over on both ends of the floor while at the same time fitting well in their system.
Pierce believes Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic would be a perfect option, especially if the Magic are willing to trade him for the number two pick the Warriors posses in the upcoming draft. Vucevic is an experienced veteran and an underrated big man who has shown incredible improvement and consistency ever since coming to the NBA.
If they can turn this draft pick and maybe trade with Wiggins to acquire another All-Star or All-Star caliber player, then yes, they can get back to contention. The name that comes to mind is a guy like Nikola Vucevic, who would come there and fit right in with them. He would fit in with their guards and give them down low presence and can knock down shots. Maybe he doesn’t fit into their future plans in Orlando, and that’s a guy that would fit right in with the Warriors.Paul Pierce, via The Jump
After having a tremendous season with the Magic in 2019, where he averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game, Vucevic signed a 100-million four year deal with the team. Unfortunately for him, Magic hasn’t surrounded him with the right pieces to make a more noticeable impact in the regular season and the playoffs. The team might consider going in a different direction that doesn’t involve him in their plans.
When you look at this potential trade, it could definitely create a win-win scenario for both teams. The Warriors would get a great complimentary piece to their existing nucleus. Simultaneously, the Magic would have the opportunity to draft another young talented player to add to their current squad. On top of that, they would free their cap space after the Warriors take over Vucevic’s contract.
Even with Curry and Klay back, the Warriors need additional firepower and someone who can fit well within their system. Vucevic is a great option, and there is no doubt their front office is already thinking of various options to improve their roster heading into the new season.