On November 14th, the Golden State Warriors announced that 21-year-old center James Wiseman would be sent to their G-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for an extended period.
Wiseman has been the subject of high expectations since being selected with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. As a high school senior, he was the National Player of the Year according to just about all of the major awards programs. However, since his high school career ended, things have not gone as planned for Wiseman.
He played in a total of three games for Coach Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers before eligibility issues caused him to miss the remainder of the season. A torn right meniscus caused his rookie year to be cut short and forced him to miss all of last season.
The Golden State Warriors selected James Wiseman with the second pick in the 2019 NBA draft. In order for him to flourish, it may be time to trade him away.
Last season, the Warriors experienced a resurgence. Stephen Curry returned to his 2016 form and reminded everyone why he is one of the marquee players in the league. Andrew Wiggins reinvented himself as a player who learned what the phrase “shot selection” is intended to mean and became an All-Star in the process. Along the way, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole made their presence felt as well.
After proving their critics wrong and reclaiming the Larry O’Brien trophy, the Warriors face some difficult questions as a team. One of those questions is about the future of James Wiseman. Though the organization has not publicly stated that he is available, other teams throughout the league must be keeping a close eye on the situation. Let’s take a closer look at three organizations that should put together a package for Wiseman and the benefits he would bring to those teams.