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Warriors can make daring trades with hornets

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The Golden State Warriors have yet to find their feet in the 2022-2023 season. The defending NBA champions have struggled mightily on the road this season, going 6-18 away from the Chase Center, leading to an overall record of 23-24.

The franchise is doing a delicate balancing act, trying to compete for titles in the twilight of the Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green era as younger talent ushers in. The dual timeline sounds good in theory, but has yet to prove virtually impossible to successfully execute on the track.

The Warriors are not getting the contributions they hoped for from the younger guys, leading to inconsistencies on the field. There may also be some big changes on the horizon, with Thompson and Green being considered for renewals.

Owner Joe Lacob has shown he’s willing to pay whatever it takes to have a winning product on the track, but even he has a line he can’t cross. The Warriors could be closing in on that line, making this deadline an important one as it could be the last run the Curry, Thompson and Green make as a trio.

Maximizing that group should be the No. 1 focus for the franchise, especially with the younger guys who are not yet living up to expectations. If a deal comes along that allows the Warriors to address some of their needs with established players, they’ll think long and hard about it.

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A possible deal could be made with the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte enters the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes as they currently hold the third worst record in the NBA. They also boast the kind of players the Warriors covet to upgrade their roster.

In a hypothetical deal put together by ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Hornets would send PJ Washington, Jalen McDaniels and Mason Plumlee to the Warriors in exchange for James Wiseman and Moses Moody. Wiseman and Moody were considered untouchable during the off-season, but Golden State needs a shake and they could be of value, especially to a rebuilding team.

Washington, McDaniels and Plumlee would be major upgrades to the Warriors’ frontcourt. Washington would provide space in the frontcourt as someone who could play alongside any other big man given his skills.

McDaniels would provide much of what Golden State lacks from Otto Porter Jr. who left as free agency last offseason. Plumlee offers insurance behind Kevon Looney as Steve Kerr cannot count on Wiseman for consistent production.

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A deal of that magnitude would greatly increase Golden State’s chances of competing again this season. The value of the young players will only decrease if they are benched, so it would be a good thing to turn them into three usable rotational pieces by Bob Myers and the front office.

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