Ex-coach urges Warriors to swap Kominga for Mo Bamba


Magic Center Mo Bamba (right)

if I were NBA A fan, you’ve almost certainly come across trainer David Thorpe before. He was an ESPN analyst for ten years and was a coach for some of the league’s best known names, including Joakim Noah and Udonis Haslem. Now, writes to true hop And he, like many of us, has some ideas about trades that might be useful to contenders across the league, including the Warriors.

This can be tough to bear for those excited about the Warriors wave of young players. But Thorpe, in the latest edition of the True Hoop newsletter, notes that Golden State should pursue a relatively low-cost young big man to face the prospect of another disappointing season for center and No. 2 pick of 2020 James Wiseman.

Thorpe suggests that if there is any indication that Wiseman can’t handle a major role with the team next season, Dubs should go after big man Magic Mo Bamba when he is eligible to trade later in the season. And they have to give up two freshmen and prestigious sophomore Jonathan Cominga to do so.

Only trade with Bamba if Wiseman is not ready

To be clear, Thorpe suggests this path only if Warriors lose faith in what Wiseman can achieve. Warriors quarterback Kevin Looney in free agency this summer, but they lost Nemanja Bielica, who is back in Europe. That makes Wiseman, who missed the entirety of last season with a knee injury, the primary replacement for Looney.

The Warriors have Draymond Green and JaMychal Green’s 5-ball mini options as well. But Wiseman is the only other real center on the list after Looney. Thorpe wrote that this lack of depth was exposed in last year’s finals. “The Celtics’ big men defeated the Warriors in the first half of the NBA Finals last year, and everyone knows it,” Thorpe wrote.

β€œWho can the Warriors get to support Kevin Looney? I think Magic has the answer. Although Mo Bamba finished last season strong, Magic is very excited about Wendell Carter Jr., their prospective center player.”

The proposed transaction goes as follows:

The Magic welcomes Jonathan Cominga, Ryan Rollins, and Patrick Baldwin Jr.

The warriors receive Mo Bamba.

In fact, the Bamba would be a perfect fit for the Warriors, a sporty 3-point rim guard. Having struggled in his first three seasons in the NBA, Bamba had a breakthrough year, averaging 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 25.7 minutes. He also fired 38.1% from the 3-point streak, finally making good on his promise as a 5-pointer, which was his reputation when he was named sixth pick in the NBA Draft in 2018.

Bamba is also a deal, having signed on Two-year contract worth $20.6 million In July to stay with Orlando. (Because he had a raise of more than 20%, his trading was suspended until January.)

Will the Warriors really trade Jonathan Kuminga?

Of course, this deal is far from perfect.

Although a report from Stephen A. Smith from ESPN that Kuminga was disappointing In his work ethic, the Warriors still hold very high potential and hope to build a core group of young players to take charge of the veteran squad – Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green – in the future. Golden State has been clear about their intent not to bankrupt the future completely, and the firing of both this year’s picks as well as Kuminga is sure to affect the team’s future prospects.

The Magic, lacking back-area vistas, may be willing to take a deal built around Moses Moody rather than Kuminga. A lot depends on how the first few months of the season develop.

Bamba himself is only 24 years old, and if he repeats what he did last year, it could be worth sending a drag to the Magic, especially because he would fit in well with Steve Kerr’s playing style. He’s been putting together the Warriors in the middle, boosting the team’s odds of returning to the NBA Finals, even if he doesn’t have the upside for Kuminga.

It would help for the time being undoubtedly. And the future built around Jordan Paul, Moody, Wiseman and Bamba has potential, too. It’s a long shot, of course, but it’s worth considering.