NBA executive Malik Beasley thinks the Warriors can strengthen the position
The Golden State Warriors are in an interesting position ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They may need some help solidifying their position in the Western Conference standings, but they can also stay put and make it work. The latest rumor linked them to Malik Beasley of the Utah Jazz.
In an interview with Sean Devaney of Heavy Sports, the Eastern Conference boss said the Warriors could use Beasley. The reigning champions need more points as Jordan Poole has been inconsistent this season. Executive Steph Curry added that if the front office is told to make a trade, they can make it happen.
“If he tells the owner, ‘You need to get help now, not later,’ that will lead to a lot,” the chief said. “There are a few players you absolutely have to listen to and Steph is one of them. If they want to replace one of the youngsters, Beasley would be a good bench for them.”
Malik Beasley has played in 50 games for the Utah Jazz this season, averaging 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Beasley was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the offseason as part of the Rudy Gobert deal. He has a $16.5 million team option for next season and could easily opt out depending on his performance.
However, several teams would be interested in Beasley if the Golden State Warriors didn’t rush him. The head of the Eastern Conference revealed that teams such as Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans could try to acquire the forward.
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Draymond Green doesn’t have the same impact on the Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green could be playing his final season with the Golden State Warriors. Green can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and enter free agency. His incident with Jordan Poole in the off-season and the Warriors’ luxury tax issues could mean Green could be looking for a new team this summer.
An unnamed NBA executive also said the incident affected Green’s influence within the organization. The former Defensive Player of the Year has had the ability to tell the front office to court players or improve parts of the team. However, he hasn’t been the same since hitting Poole.
“Normally it would be Draymond making noise in the front office,” the executive said. “’You’ve got to do this and that,’ but after the Poole incident, things are different with Draymond. He won’t make waves there anymore.”
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Edited by Juan Paolo David