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NBA trade machine: Deals for Warriors involving Bojan Bogdanovic, Myles Turner, Eric Gordon

Will the defending champions make some changes on the periphery?

Golden State Warriors v Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball during the game against the Golden State Warriors on December 14, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are in an interesting spot as the December 15 trade restrictions lift in the NBA. Golden State has been a championship-caliber team at home and a lottery unit on the road. With Stephen Curry’s status in doubt after a shoulder injury in Wednesday’s game, do the Warriors need to make moves to get the most out of a window of contention?

Trade 1

Pistons get: James Wiseman, Donte DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green, 2026 protected first-round pick
Warriors get: Bojan Bogdanovic

At some point, the Warriors are going to have to accept Wiseman isn’t panning out as they hoped. The Pistons would likely flip him again due to the presence of Jalen Duren already on the roster but duplicity can be Detroit’s problem. Bogdanovic fits perfectly in Golden State’s offense and can hold his own defensively. The Warriors are willing to pay for a championship, so the contract stuff doesn’t really matter.

Trade 2

Pacers get: James Wiseman, Moses Moody, JaMychal Green, 2026 first-round pick, 2028 first-round swap option
Warriors get: Myles Turner

Losing Moody hurts but Turner is a huge upgrade over Kevon Looney in the post. The Pacers big man is also an expiring deal, which means some salary relief. Indiana will be intrigued by the draft assets and young pieces. The Pacers can take their time with Wiseman, while the Warriors might just have to cut bait now.

Trade 3

Rockets get: James Wiseman, Donte DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green, 2028 protected first-round pick
Warriors get: Eric Gordon

This doesn’t do much for the Warriors and likely would be a consolation deal if they can’t get something done around Bogdanovic. Gordon would give them some bench pop but only moves the needle slightly ahead of DiVincenzo. If Golden State is punting on Wiseman, it’s going to want something more than Gordon.