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NBA executive thinks Dubs will put Wiseman or JK on trade block originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

With a 14-16 record to start the 2022-23 NBA season, the Warriors’ defense of their league title isn’t going as well as the team might have hoped.

And now that star point guard Steph Curry will reportedly miss at least two weeks with a left shoulder subluxation, can Golden State shake up its roster before the NBA trade deadline?

One league executive told Heavy Sports’ Steve Bulpett that two Warriors youngsters could be up for grabs.

“I have a feeling the Warriors are going to make it, too [James] Wiseman or [Jonathan] Kuminga is available,” an unnamed NBA executive told Bulpett. “They just need another solid veteran.”

The Warriors are reportedly in pursuit of Phoenix Suns sleeper forward Jae Crowder with a number of other teams, and rumors of a possible Kevin Durant reunion with Golden State have been swirling since the summer.

But could the team really be interested in moving a player like Kuminga, whose unreal athleticism offers a lot of potential, or Weisman, their former No. 2 pick, who they’ve publicly stated they believe in?

This executive thinks so.

“They think they’re pretty decent in terms of talent, but they just don’t think they can put these kids on the floor and execute,” the executive told Bulpett. they just don’t have the piece of execution. And their logic is as follows. they only have X number of years of Steph Curry’s elite level of play, and they don’t want to waste any of it.

“So far, those two kids just haven’t developed like Jordan Poole, and I would think there’s somebody who’s going to say, “Yeah, I’ll take one of those young guys and see if I can, patience, get them to develop.” »

The unnamed executive also added that Golden State may be more willing to part ways with Wiseman because there is “concern” about his commitment to the game.

The Warriors recalled the 21-year-old from the G League on Thursday, and Wiseman had six points off the bench in 11 minutes in Friday night’s 118-106 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was pleased with Wiseman’s showing, and the 7-footer will remain with Golden State on their current road trip. As for Kuminga, recent stellar performances against the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz have also earned him praise.

CONTACT: Steph reacts to her shoulder injury, relieved that surgery is not needed

Whether the Warriors can get through this rough stretch without Curry remains to be seen.

But there’s always a chance the team could look very different entering the new year.

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