The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors have been grouped together as potential trade partners for the last few seasons, as sending Pascal Siakam to San Francisco for a collection of young players like Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody would seemingly give both teams what they need in the short term.
Even after acquiring RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley in the OG Anunoby trade, Toronto is keeping their listening ears wide open for any possible noise on a Siakam deal. Thanks to a clearly irritated Kuminga taking a blowtorch to Steve Kerr and his rotations, a trade with Golden State has become more likely.
Shams Charania of The Athletic quoted Kuminga directly criticizing Kerr and the Warriors front office, taking them to task for being unable to get the most out of him. Golden State might finally be at the point where they realize they are unable to keep everyone together as currently constructed and need to start making some moves.
The Warriors could be in need of a move, as their young core has disintegrated right in front of their eyes. Getting Siakam could help them get one last run out of their aging star-laden roster, but they might need to hand these three players over to Toronto to get a deal done with the notoriously stingy Masai Ujiri.
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3. SG Moses Moody
Moody is also frustrated with his role in Golden State, as his camp believes that Golden State isn't doing much to maximize his talents. Perhaps a reunion in Toronto might be what unlocks his talent, as he and Scottie Barnes were teammates at Montverde Academy in high school.
Moody improved his scoring from 4.8 points per game last year to 8.2 per game this season with only a slight minutes increase. Moody has hit 47% of his shots and 33% of his 3-pointers, and the former lottery pick is still young enough to where Toronto can justify rolling the dice on him.
Moses Moody could get more minutes with the Toronto Raptors.
Gradey Dick's underwhelming rookie season has left a gigantic hole in the rotation, and Moody would be able to slide right in to fill that vacancy. While not an amazing defender, he can be trusted enough in this area to lock down a spot. Perhaps Moody could be brought in as an early replacement for a possible free agent.
Gary Trent Jr. is a free agent who doesn't seem to be in the team's plans for next season barring a big reversal. Moody could be a high-ceiling replacement in the same way Trent stepped on the gas pedal after he arrived in Toronto from Portland. Given his pedigree, such a risk might make sense.