The Golden State Warriors will return with a roster much like the one that won the championship last year, but do they need any help up front? In a recent article, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley hinted at a potential Jakob Poeltl deal for Golden State.
Buckley’s logic centered primarily on the uncertainty surrounding James Wiseman’s ability to contribute. Recognizing Kevon Looney’s reliability, Buckley acknowledged that Golden State is not in the market for a starting center; however, they could use a solid backup if James Wiseman isn’t ready for consistent minutes.
As a backup center, Jakob Poeltl would certainly be one of the best options in the entire league. That said, the Warriors are optimistic about what James Wiseman can offer behind Kevon Looney, and will almost certainly give him a chance before filling that position through trade or other avenues.
Wiseman’s situation will be sailing, especially with his health; however, if he can become a fraction of what his advantage suggests is possible, the Warriors will have another weapon that will make them that much more dangerous. There have yet to be such NBA-level nominations for Wiseman, but still at just 21 years old, anyone who discards him is already jumping the gun.
Being able to learn from behind a true pro and champion in Kevon Looney, Wiseman should have the perfect opportunity to thrive in his third year. If things go wrong, a trade for a player like Poeltl could make sense for the Warriors.
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