Arenas: Why Dubs Should Package Poole, Wiggins Commercially originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
It remains to be seen how the Warriors will bolster their roster this off-season ahead of the 2023-24 NBA season, but it’s clear the organization is gearing up for a busy summer.
On the final episode of fubo Sports’ “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas,” the former Warriors’ Point Guard discussed what Golden State’s top priority should be this offseason.
“You have to start looking at adding someone who can complete [Steph Curry] as a player and make it easier for him,” Arenas said. “We wouldn’t be talking about this if [Kevin Durant] was still there.”
Finding help for Curry, especially with the caliber of player Arenas is referring to, is much easier said than done, especially for a Warriors team that is expected to be $49 million above the $162 million luxury tax threshold next season.
Golden State probably won’t be able to add starter caliber players through free agency, meaning any major move will have to come through trade. What do the Warriors have to offer and who can they acquire? Arenas has ideas.
“I’d see if I could try and get Jordan Pool [traded] and see if we can find someone more stable,” Arenas explained. “Because his game is erratic. It’s AAU style. It’s a herk and jerk style, a highlight type game where I want to shake you, I have to fry you on every play. And when you talk about being great or being consistent, you have to understand how to get buckets easily… With Jordan right now, it’s 90% of his game. So [if I’m the Warriors] I’m going to try to move him and if I can move him, maybe I can get Jaylen Brown?”
‘If I’m them I’m going to try Poole and [Andrew] Wiggins and see what I can get out of it [and] if I can get a strong third option. Or if I can save money by getting rid of Poole and Wiggins for Jaylen Brown and leaving Draymond [Green] walk and draw Ben Simmons… there are so many options that can happen. It all depends on the mindset and what everyone thinks.”
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Would a Warriors five of Curry, Klay Thompson, Brown, Simmons and Kevon Looney and bench without Poole be an upgrade over the current roster? If so, would it be enough to become Warriors championship contenders again?
Those moves would certainly bring a drastic roster change, which some are starting to believe will be necessary next season.
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