- Here’s a list of the biggest Golden State Warriors trades in franchise history.
- Baron Davis leads the list of players Golden State received through trade.
- Other notable players the Warriors acquired were Andre Iguodala, Andrew Wiggins, and Chris Paul.
The Golden State Warriors have become a modern-day dynasty in the NBA thanks to their four NBA titles from the past decade. Their most recent championship in 2022 has moved them into the third spot for the winningest NBA franchise in history with seven total Larry O’Brien trophies. This winning culture has made the franchise a perennial favorite in basketball odds.
Thanks to the brilliant three-point shooting of the “Splash Brothers,” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors were able to build a solid fan base for generations to come. Another huge part of Golden State’s current success is the players they acquired via trade, which led them to the promised land. Here are the top-four biggest trades in team history.
Before the “Strength in Numbers” era, the Warriors experienced the “We Believe” era that electrified the fans in the Bay Area. Baron Davis spearheaded this fantastic campaign after he was acquired from the New Orleans Hornets for Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis in 2005. Although it was a team effort, Davis became the heart and soul of the franchise.
The peak of this magical era occurred in 2007, when Golden State qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1994. They faced the No. 1-seed Dallas Mavericks in the first round and pulled off a gigantic NBA playoff upset in the opening round by booting out the Mavericks in six games. In 227 games, Davis produced an average of 20.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 8.1 assists for the Warriors.
In 2013, the Warriors transformed into legitimate title contenders under the tutelage of Mark Jackson and the coming-out party of Curry and Thompson. But they still needed another key player to complete their takeover of the NBA, and they found it through Andre Iguodala. The team agreed to send multiple players and draft picks in a three-team trade with the Nuggets and Jazz in 2013.
Along with Draymond Green, Iguodala became the defensive specialist of the team, and helped them reach six trips to the NBA Finals and four titles. “Iggy” even won the Finals MVP in 2015. The 6-foot-6 forward played for 452 Warriors games and accumulated 6.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks.
When Iguodala was traded to Memphis in 2019, Golden State needed another player to fill the void that he left. In February 2020, they snagged the 2014 first-overall pick Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for D’Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman, and Jacob Evans III. Wiggins spent the first part of his career with the Wolves before the trade.
Andrew Wiggins' debut with the Warriors
5 STL (season-high)
1 BLK pic.twitter.com/84L04M4KDZ
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 9, 2020
The former Kansas standout provided the defensive part of the game that the Warriors wanted and also gave them important offensive contributions. Wiggins helped the Warriors’ title campaign in 2022 and was rewarded with a four-year $109 million contract. In 193 games for Golden State, the versatile forward has racked up 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
The most recent big trade that Golden State completed was the acquisition of 12-time NBA All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the Washington Wizards. They gave up a haul of players in Jordan Poole, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Ryan Rollins, and two draft picks plus cash considerations to pull off this surprising trade.
Officially, official. ⚡️
The Dubs have acquired 12x NBA All-Star guard Chris Paul. pic.twitter.com/oPNCpMj3Xq
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) July 6, 2023
With CP3’s arrival to the team, he will help the young players and second unit develop and bring his elite playmaking skills, as he is expected to come off the bench. The 6-foot guard also carries an almost double-double average of 13.9 points, 8.9 assists, and 4.3 rebounds from his 18-year career in the league since being drafted as the fourth overall pick in 2005.
4 Biggest Golden State Warriors Trades
|Warriors received: Baron Davis / Hornets received: Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis
|Warriors received: Andre Iguodala / Nuggets received: Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, and four draft picks / Jazz received: One second-round pick
|Warriors received: Andrew Wiggins, two draft picks / Timberwolves received: D’Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman, and Jacob Evans III
|Warriors received: Chris Paul / Wizards received: Jordan Poole, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Ryan Rollins, two draft picks, and cash considerations
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