As the Warriors continue to struggle to understand and overcome the difficulties they will face in the 2023-24 season, one NBA commentator has made an honest suggestion.
On Tuesday morning's episode of “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith, Kendrick Perkins and Shannon Sharpe discuss February's season after the Warriors (18-22) fell to 12th place in the Western League. As the NBA trade deadline approaches on the 8th, we discuss the changes Golden State should make. conference after a crushing 116-107 loss to the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
Perkins suggested it might be time to break up the Warriors' big three.
“When you look at Klay Thompson's body language, it's time to make a change. You can't keep your emotions and feelings connected for that long. That's what we're seeing right now with the Golden State Warriors. ,” Perkins said. “Their emotions are valid. They're saying, 'Hey, hey, we're getting really emotional about Klay Thompson. We're getting really emotional about Draymond Green.' “As a matter of fact, both of them need to be traded, both of them, Klay and Dray.''
Curry, Thompson and Green played together for more than a decade in the Bay, earning four championships in six NBA Finals appearances. They are the longest-tenured trio in the league, but all good things must come to an end, and Perkins believes that time has come.
Thompson's erratic season slipped further on Monday as he finished with just nine points, zero rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes, giving him a minus-22 plus/minus rating. But before Monday's loss, Thompson revealed that he had a mind-changing conversation with Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Jan. 2, flipping the script on his early season struggles. Since then, through seven games, he has averaged 21 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists on 45.6 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from 3-point range while playing an average of 31.1 minutes.
But Monday's screening resurfaced growing concerns, with Perkins noting the sniper's body language and obvious frustration.
Meanwhile, Green missed 16 games due to his “indefinite” suspension, 12 of which he returned to the court on Monday. The Warriors forward had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench, but it wasn't enough as Golden State lost one of its worst games of the season. He has appeared in just 16 of the Warriors' 40 games this season, and his focus right now is to continue being on the court for his teammates, but Perkins believes enough is enough.
The NBA career isn't over for Thompson and Green, the former NBA champion turned analyst, but he predicts that what they, and the Warriors, may need is a fresh start.
“And we need to talk to Steph and find out what he wants to do,” Perkins continued. “Do you want to lose the next two years and let us build more, or do you need to find your destination?” Good? right now, [Warriors forward] Andrew Wiggins is undervalued. Therefore, a trade for Klay Thompson and Draymond Green should be considered. I don't think Klay Thompson is finished. I believe he needs a change of pace.
“In my opinion, one of the best storylines this weekend. [Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback] Baker Mayfield. A change of scenery can do wonders for an athlete and their psyche. ”
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