It may seem like the Warriors are giving up a lot here, but they can afford to make this move. This is because of the depth they have on the roster. They have guys like Kuminga, Moses Moody, Brandin Podziemski, and Trayce Jackson-Davis, who are ready to take on bigger roles within the rotation.
They also have Paul off the bench, who has been fantastic as the floor general for the second unit. Giving up Wiggins, and Payton II does not hurt as much, even though those two were a huge reason why the Warriors won the title in 2022. Wiggins has struggled mightily this season, and has been a liability on the court for the Warriors for most of the year.
Payton II has battled injuries all season and has barely been available. He does a lot for the Warriors defensively, but they have guys on the roster that can take his role. As for the Raptors, they get good value for Siakam, and while they would have an abundance of wing players on the roster with Wiggins, Barrett, Scottie Barnes, and Gary Trent, they get draft picks that they need, as they only received one in the Anunoby trade.
Wiggins and Payton II can also help with the development of young guys as well. It is a win-win for both teams that are in desperate need of a shakeup. Siakam is the consistent second option that the Warriors have been lacking for a while now. They need to maximize whatever is left of Steph Curry’s prime, as he is not getting any younger.
Siakam is the consistent second option that the Warriors have been lacking for a while now. They need to maximize whatever is left of Steph Curry’s prime, as he is not getting any younger. As for the Raptors, it is time to hit the reset button and say goodbye to a franchise great. This is a move that both teams should be looking to make, with the trade deadline about a month away. B+