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Steph Curry's Frustration and the Warriors' Trade Dilemma

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By Brandon ShimadaPublished 5 months ago 3 min read
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Is this the end of these Warriors time together?

Over the weekend, the Golden State Warriors faced a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in double overtime. The defeat left Warriors' star Stephen Curry visibly frustrated, culminating in the rare sight of him ripping his jersey. The intensity of the moment not only reflected the disappointment of the loss but also hinted at broader frustrations with the team's overall performance this season.

After Lakers Loss. Steph Curry Rips Jersey

Steph Curry's Jersey Rip: A Symbol of Warriors' Struggles

The act of tearing one's jersey is often a visceral expression of frustration and a desire for change. Steph Curry, known for his calm demeanor, showcased a rare moment of visible agitation. This gesture resonated with fans who, like Curry, have been yearning for a turnaround in the Warriors' performance.

If you find yourself relating to Curry's frustration and are eager for a change in the Warriors' trajectory, express your sentiment by liking this article and being part of the collective yearning for a shift in fortunes.

Steve Kerr's Revelation: A Consistent Starting Five?

Amidst the disappointment of the one-point loss, head coach Steve Kerr found a silver lining. He declared that he may have finally identified a starting five that he intends to stick with. This revelation comes after experimenting with 15 different lineups over the course of 40-plus games this season.

The newfound starting five against the Lakers featured the dynamic duo of Curry and Klay Thompson, flanked by Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Kuminga, with Draymond Green in the center. Kerr expressed optimism about the defensive capabilities of this lineup, particularly in covering more ground against high-scoring opponents.

However, the timing of this revelation raises eyebrows. With over 40 games played, why did it take this long to settle on a starting five? The ongoing saga of Andrew Wiggins adds another layer of complexity to the situation, as trade rumors continue to circulate around the former All-Star.

Andrew Wiggins' Trade Speculation: A Complicated Scenario

Recent reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic suggest that the Golden State Warriors are exploring the trade market for three key players: Andrew Wiggins, Chris Paul, and Klay Thompson. With just two weeks left before the trade deadline, the Warriors are actively gauging interest in these players.

The challenge lies in finding suitable trade partners, especially given the hefty contracts and varying levels of performance among the trio. Wiggins, in particular, poses a complex situation. Despite being in the first year of a four-year, $109 million contract, his inconsistent play and negative plus-minus put him in the bottom 10 players averaging over 20 minutes per game.

Trade Candidates: Chris Paul and Klay Thompson

While the trade market for Wiggins seems uncertain, Klay Thompson and Chris Paul present different scenarios. Thompson, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, may attract interest from teams looking for an experienced guard. However, with a significant contract and ongoing injury concerns, finding a suitable trade may be challenging.

Chris Paul, despite being a revered point guard, faces obstacles due to recent injuries, including a hand injury with 15 pins and a metal plate. The Warriors had previously explored trading Paul to the Raptors for Pascal Siakam, but the deal fell through. Finding a team willing to take on Paul's contract while considering his injury history adds complexity to any potential trade.

The Challenge of Trading Andrew Wiggins: A Detailed Analysis

One of the most significant hurdles for the Warriors is the tradeability of Andrew Wiggins. Despite his high salary, his recent performance and negative plus-minus make him a less attractive trade asset. The dilemma arises: Can the Warriors find a team willing to take on Wiggins without attaching additional valuable assets like Jonathan Kaminga or draft picks?

Considering Wiggins' current status in the trade market, the possibility of keeping him until the offseason becomes a pragmatic option. This approach aligns with ESPN's Brian Windhorst's suggestion that the Warriors may need more time to address internal and external issues comprehensively.

Conclusion: A Critical Juncture for the Warriors

As the trade deadline approaches, the Golden State Warriors find themselves at a critical juncture. Steph Curry's frustration, Steve Kerr's lineup revelation, and the ongoing trade rumors create a dynamic and uncertain environment. The challenge of trading high-salary players with varying levels of performance intensifies the decision-making process for the Warriors' front office.

Whether the team opts to make significant trades, wait until the offseason, or maintain the current roster, the next few weeks will shape the Warriors' trajectory for the remainder of the season. The loyal Dub Nation watches with anticipation, hoping for a resurgence that mirrors the team's past glory. The journey unfolds, and only time will reveal the path the Warriors choose to take.

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About the Creator

Brandon Shimada

Former collegiate baseball player turned engineering technician at a electric vehicle company. I have a passion for sports. I love spending time with my family, dabbling in the stock market and learning how to start my own small business

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