Grade the Trade: Raptors add familiar Warriors star in misguided pitch

Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors
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What's the trade?

Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report recently published a collection of five trades that could go down this summer, evaluating why each team involved would make such a deal. One of those trades involved the Raptors and Warriors joining together for a five-player trade.

The Raptors have been collecting Canadien players this season, intentionally or not, and this trade idea leans into that theme by sending former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins home to Canada. Toronto would also get a future first and a pair of solid vets in Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II. In return, the Warriors would get Bruce Brown and Jakob Poeltl to bolster their rotation for another run before Stephen Curry ages out of his prime.

Here is what the deal looks like, as proposed by Bleacher Report:

Wiggins Poeltl BR trade

Jakob Poeltl would give the Warriors a center with true size on the back line, something they haven't had since Andrew Bogut (James Wiseman's failed tenure notwithstanding). Bruce Brown is the kind of playmaking wing the Warriors have loved having, in the mold of Andre Iguodala, and would give them the defense of Gary Payton II while bringing more versatility on offense.

This doesn't seem like the kind of trade the Warriors would make, as they have historically spent little on the center position (again, Wiseman expected) and have a number of players who fill a similar role to Brown. Yet as Stephen Curry's window closes, perhaps they start to consider atypical moves to maximize the rest of his prime.

If the Warriors are ready to make this deal, should the Raptors say yes?