Heading into the season, the Golden State Warriors undoubtedly had championship aspirations. They win their fourth title in eight years last season, but over the summer, they lost key pieces to their bench, which turned out to be bigger losses than the team may have hoped.
With just a couple of weeks left until the February 9 trade deadline, the Warriors have some serious decisions to make. Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney connected them as a sleeper team for Utah Jazz wing Malik Beasley, but Joey Linn of Inside the Warriors doesn’t think that would be a good fit.
“Known for his shooting, Beasley has struggled from the floor this season, converting on just 39.9% of his shots from the field, and 35.8% of his shots from deep,” Linn wrote. “Both of these clips are below his career averages, but are concerning for any team entertaining a trade. For the Warriors, who were mentioned as a potential dark horse candidate for Beasley, it is hard to see where he fits in. It would be a low-risk move for an expiring contract that averaged just under 20 PPG two seasons ago, but Beasley has looked far from that player this season, and will likely be someone the Warriors stay away from.”
Unreal how badly the Warriors blew this game to the Jazz.
Up 4, leaving Malik Beasley – 39% from 3 – completely wide open.
Up 1, weak ball control on the inbound.
That’ll go down as one of the most unthinkable comebacks of the entire NBA season. pic.twitter.com/wU46KnUIUx
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) December 8, 2022
According to Deveney’s original musings, the Warriors could be a potential landing spot for Beasley, as they are expected to be very active at the deadline in an attempt to improve their roster.
“Then there are, of course, the Warriors, who have signaled they won’t be very active at the deadline—though many around the league believe that will change,” Deveney wrote. “The Warriors need help up front, but there is some panic within the organization about the fact that the team’s bench has just not come together this year. Ownership remains reluctant to break up the young trio of James Wiseman, Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga, but some strong internal voices could force a rethink on that.”
So far this season, Beasley has appeared in all 50 of Utah’s games and is playing 26.9 minutes per …read more