It’s the final stretch.
A .500 team with 28 games to go, the Warriors have reasons to make some moves. Kelly Oubre Jr., a free agent after the season, is available, though Golden State hasn’t been particularly enthusiastic about any offers so far. Other fringe moves to shore up the bench could help this playoff push.
With only a few hours until the NBA trade deadline, here are some names to watch. You can follow the latest updates on our trade deadline tracker.
Danny Green: League sources tell the New York Times’ Marc Stein that the Warriors have emerged as a possible trade destination for Philadelphia’s Green. Green is not the athlete, nor does he have the potential of Oubre. But he’s an efficient 3-point shooter and experienced defender. He’s also likely to be cheaper to re-sign this summer than Oubre and could plug seamlessly into a rotation role next season when Klay Thompson returns from an Achilles tear.
Otto Porter Jr.: As part of the deal that sent All-Star center Nikola Vucevic to Chicago, Porter Jr. could get bought out by the Magic. If that happens, the Warriors could register interest in signing the “3-and-D” wing. Especially if Golden State trades Oubre and needs to fill a void on the perimeter. Others such as the Lakers and Celtics have been rumored as potential destinations.
Bogdan Bogdanovic: The Hawks have fielded several offers and have a strong market for Bogdanovic, according to a league source. The Warriors have sniffed around but have so far not shown much interest.
Victor Oladipo: All signs point to Oladipo getting traded today but it won’t be to Golden State. Though talented, Oladipo is dealing with lingering injury issues, is a free agent this offseason and will be seeking a large contract. Previous reports of the Warriors’ interest in Oladipo was pushed by Houston, according to a league source.
Cedi Osman: The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported recently the Warriors have inquired about Osman “though talks stalled.” The Warriors could circle back to Osman, if they feel more urgency to trade Oubre. Osman, the 6-foot-7 wing, is a 35% 3-point shooter and capable playmaker. He’s also 25 and under contract for three more years after this season for a manageable $22.3 million, the final year of which is non-guaranteed.
Kelly Olynyk: The Heat are attempting to swing a deal for Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and, if their previous trade constructions are an indication, a multi-team deal could be in the works. Olynyk is a floor-spacing, playmaking center who could work well as James Wiseman’s backup. Acquiring him now would give Golden State his Bird rights and the ability to re-sign him on a team-friendly deal.
Aaron Gordon: With the Magic on the road to a rebuild (Orlando traded Vucevic to Chicago and Evan Fournier to Boston early Thursday morning), Gordon is likely on the move, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. So far, Golden State has been unwilling to meet Orlando’s price, which is believed to be a first-round pick and/or quality young player. UPDATE: Gordon has been traded to the Denver Nuggets, per Wojnarowski.
Eric Paschall: After playing in each of the 37 games he was available, Paschall was benched Tuesday against the 76ers. Head coach Steve Kerr explained the decision Wednesday, saying, “We’ve tried to put him into different combinations. They haven’t always fit perfectly and sort of taken advantage of his strengths, so he’s sort of been in and out of the loop as a four and as a five. It’s just the way that the game has fallen this year.” Paschall does not have much trade value on his own, but could be moved as part of a larger package if Golden State concludes Paschall does not have a long-term role.
Kevon Looney: Looney has been a reliable presence at center but, following the decision to hand the starting job to Wiseman this week, the Warriors could be willing to include him in a trade.
Contributed by local news sources