In this mock trade (via NBA Analysis Network), the Sacramento Kings receive the former first-overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, from the Golden State Warriors.
The Kings get some championship experience with a talented forward in Andrew Wiggins, and the Warriors get two impact players and two picks in return.
The Golden State Warriors are entering the stage of their dynasty where everything falls apart. They are not going to have their “Last Dance.” Stephen Curry is making $50 million, Klay Thompson is making $40 million, Draymond Green is making $25 million (pending a player option), and Andrew Wiggins tops it off with $30 million. By dealing Wiggins, the Warriors save enough money to try to keep their dynasty run going.
Even though Wiggins has been a big part of the Warriors’ success the past couple of years, specifically their championship run in 2022, his time in Golden State could be coming to an end if it means saving the Warriors some money. The 28-year-old forward has revived his career at Golden State, making his first All-Star game there.
The Warriors would receive Richaun Holmes, a viable center option that would fit right into any small-ball lineup they want to run, and Davion Mitchell, possibly the best option for a backup point guard behind Stephen Curry. Both of these players help them build on their success and would contribute to their winning culture.
Andrew Wiggins would take the Sacramento Kings to the next level.
The Kings should make this deal because Andrew Wiggins has become an elite 3-and-D player and would fit into the Kings system with no trouble. Not to mention, Mike Brown and Andrew Wiggins have a relationship due to Brown’s time with the Warriors, so he could be inclined to trade for his former player.
This deal makes sense for both sides, and I see the Kings winning this trade. Wiggins would push the Kings to be contenders in the West, and it would be worth giving up Holmes, Mitchell, and two future first-round picks. The 28-year-old forward still has three years and a player option left on his contract, putting him in the timeline for a Kings championship run.