Breaking Down Rumors: Jason Richardson Trade Part of Golden State Warriors’ Plan To Acquire Kevin Garnett?
Draft night had one major surprise: Golden State shipping J-Richardson off to Charlotte for Brandan Wright … But was this move part of the Warriors’ plan to land a big ticket item from Minnesota? … Click here for news and analysis …
My Quick Take: My friends and I had gathered to watch the NBA Draft. Actually, they got to watch. I had to work-if you can call writing about the NBA work!
The draft was going as planned. was off to Portland.
However, silence fell over the room when word broke that the had traded to the for prospect Brandan Wright.
This was unexpected. J-Rich, despite a serious injury, had emerged as a key member of the ‘We Believe’ cult. After their memorable post-season, I thought he had found a permanent home next to .
And the thrifty Bobcats seemed like an odd home for
Still, I couldn’t figure out Golden State’s angle. Why trade a proven scorer for a prospect? Then it became clear. Rumor has it the Warriors want to take a run at . The Los Angeles Times was all over this story:
Whether it was part of a deal the Warriors are working on with
or not, they traded guard Jason Richardson to Minnesota for Charlotte ‘s Brandan Wright, a promising young big man whom the Bobcats drafted at No. 8. North Carolina
The Warriors may now offer Wright with center Andris Biedrins and guard Monta Ellis and enough salary to make the deal work to
for Garnett. Minnesota
This makes sense. Trading for The Big Ticket is complicated. Matching up the salaries and straightening out the money would be trickier than keeping track of all the European prospects in last night’s draft. Steve Kerr,
"The Garnett thing is just really … so difficult to even fathom because of those financial implications," Kerr explained.
Any team hoping to acquire Garnett has to stockpile flexible assets. And that’s what Wright is -a desirable asset who gives Golden State some flexibility.
After some reflection, I also determined the world won’t end if the Warriors can’t land Garnett. Yes,
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