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Report: Warriors unable to get OG Anunoby before deadline

Golden State was linked to the Raptors forward but weren’t able to strike a deal.

O.G. Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center on January 30, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns beat the Raptors 114-106.  Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images

Update — It appears the Warriors were unable to strike a deal for the Raptors forward before the deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The Golden State Warriors have emerged as serious contenders for Toronto Raptors SF OG Anunoby, per reports. The Warriors struck a three-way deal earlier in the day to send PF James Wiseman out, which may help clear the way to acquire OG from the Raptors, who are looking to sell before the deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Shipping out Wiseman clears $9 million in cap space this season and gets the Dubs out of the rest of his rookie deal next season. The Warriors have a window before Jordan Poole’s extension kicks in next season. Anunoby may be on the best deal in the NBA, signed through this season and next at under $20 million, plus a player option for 2024-25 worth around $19 million.

The Warriors won’t have Stephen Curry through the All-Star break at the least. After that, the Dubs can re-evaluate Curry and see where to go from there. Golden State may be fighting for position in the top-6 in the Western Conference or end up in the play-in tournament. Either way, if the team can acquire OG and get healthy before the playoffs, another championship run would be attainable.