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Warriors’ Joe Lacob says Wiggins-Russell trade ‘one of the best’ he’s seen

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Trades: there are lots of them in the NBA.

Some turn out to be relatively meaningless. Do you remember when the Golden State Warriors swapped Lou Amundson and a second-round pick for Brandon Rush, for instance? No, you probably do not.

Other trades have fundamentally shifted the entire league. In 1975, the Milwaukee Bucks traded Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won five titles. In 1987, the Bulls traded the No. 8 pick and future considerations for the No. 5 pick, a guy named Scottie Pippen. In 2004, the Detroit Pistons became bona fide championship contenders after they acquired Rasheed Wallace.

And in 2020, the Warriors traded D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans III and Omari Spellman for Andrew Wiggins, a protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.

“Haha, very funny,” you’re thinking. Obviously that trade, while a genuinely pleasant surprise for the Dubs, is still nowhere on the level of the all-time best NBA plunders. Here’s the thing: I agree with you, but Golden State principal owner Joe Lacob does not.


Lacob recently appeared on The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami’s podcast, where he talked about acquiring Wiggins and what became rookie Jonathan Kuminga as if he and the Warriors front office had fleeced the Minnesota Timberwolves out of an in-his-prime Kevin Garnett.

“I thought it was one of the greatest deals, certainly maybe the greatest deal we’ve ever done,” he started, presumably referring to his tenure with the team. “And one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long time. I thought it was a killer deal. I thought Bob [Myers] did an amazing job. I don’t even know how to put it strong enough.”

It’s definitely a really good deal! Wiggins has been remarkably solid and Russell didn’t fit the roster at all. Kuminga’s career could go a million different ways, and many of those scenarios are a net-positive for the Dubs. “One of the best I’ve seen in a long time” is… no.

It’s hard to conclude this is the best Warriors trade since Lacob take over, either. Lest we forget July 2013, when the Warriors nabbed Andre Iguodala in a sign-and-trade that involved them sending out a bunch of players and draft picks to the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. I do not think many Warriors fans would quibble with the idea that Iggy has been more valuable to the franchise than Wiggins and Kuminga. 


Trades: there are lots of them in the NBA.

Some turn out to be relatively meaningless. Do you remember when the Golden State Warriors swapped Lou Amundson and a second-round pick for Brandon Rush, for instance? No, you probably do not.

Other trades have fundamentally shifted the entire league. In 1975, the Milwaukee Bucks traded Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won five titles. In 1987, the Bulls traded the No. 8 pick and future considerations for the No. 5 pick, a guy named Scottie Pippen. In 2004, the Detroit Pistons became bona fide championship contenders after they acquired Rasheed Wallace.

And in 2020, the Warriors traded D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans III and Omari Spellman for Andrew Wiggins, a protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.

“Haha, very funny,” you’re thinking. Obviously that trade, while a genuinely pleasant surprise for the Dubs, is still nowhere on the level of the all-time best NBA plunders. Here’s the thing: I agree with you, but Golden State principal owner Joe Lacob does not.


Lacob recently appeared on The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami’s podcast, where he talked about acquiring Wiggins and what became rookie Jonathan Kuminga as if he and the Warriors front office had fleeced the Minnesota Timberwolves out of an in-his-prime Kevin Garnett.

“I thought it was one of the greatest deals, certainly maybe the greatest deal we’ve ever done,” he started, presumably referring to his tenure with the team. “And one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long time. I thought it was a killer deal. I thought Bob [Myers] did an amazing job. I don’t even know how to put it strong enough.”

It’s definitely a really good deal! Wiggins has been remarkably solid and Russell didn’t fit the roster at all. Kuminga’s career could go a million different ways, and many of those scenarios are a net-positive for the Dubs. “One of the best I’ve seen in a long time” is… no.

It’s hard to conclude this is the best Warriors trade since Lacob take over, either. Lest we forget July 2013, when the Warriors nabbed Andre Iguodala in a sign-and-trade that involved them sending out a bunch of players and draft picks to the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. I do not think many Warriors fans would quibble with the idea that Iggy has been more valuable to the franchise than Wiggins and Kuminga. 

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