The trade with the Washington Wizards happened hours before the 2023 NBA Draft
In a stunning trade that occurred just hours before the 2023 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors have swapped Jordan Poole and future assets with the Washington Wizards for point guard Chris Paul, an 11-time All-Star, according to league sources.
The trade, which was orchestrated by the Warriors’ new general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr., signals the team’s commitment to fielding a veteran team capable of contending for a championship next season while also providing financial flexibility in the future. The acquisition of Paul also opens up an additional roster spot for the Warriors to sign a free agent this offseason, albeit one limited to a veteran minimum contract.
Paul, who has two years remaining on his contract, has a 2024-25 salary of $30 million that is not guaranteed, allowing the Warriors to potentially part ways with him next summer if needed. However, concerns over his health remain, as the 38-year-old missed a significant portion of last season due to injury.
If Paul can stay healthy, he could provide leadership and stability to the Warriors’ second unit, which lacked identity and direction last season. In exchange for Paul, the Warriors traded Poole, a 24-year-old guard who struggled off the bench last season, rookie Ryan Rollins, a protected 2030 first-round pick, and a 2027 second-round pick to the Wizards.
The departure of Poole, who signed a four-year, $128 million extension last offseason, was not unexpected given his struggles and strained relationship with Draymond Green. Green infamously punched Poole during a preseason practice session, causing tension within the team that lingered throughout the season.
With Poole off the books and Klay Thompson’s contract expiring next summer, the Warriors will have increased financial flexibility to potentially pursue star free agents in the future.
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