Warriors aggressively shopping Andrew Wiggins, Chris Paul – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

The Warriors appear to be working the phones ahead of NBA free agency.

As Golden State looks to improve its roster while cutting salary, general manager Mike Dunleavy could prepare to part ways with two veteran players.

The Warriors are considering trading both forward Andrew Wiggins and guard Chris Paul, Logan Murdock of The Ringer reported in his column Wednesday, citing league sources.

“Golden State has ways to facilitate major changes this summer,” Murdock wrote. “It holds the 52nd pick in this year’s draft, owns its first-round picks from 2025-29 and has several players with uncertain futures. League sources believe Andrew Wiggins, who struggled to find a consistent role last season, will be aggressive in pending trade talks.

“The Warriors are also working hard to find a trade partner for Chris Paul, whose $30 million non-guaranteed salary for 2024-25 could be useful for matching purposes, but they only have until Friday, the last day they can waive Paul before he leaves the deal becomes fully guaranteed for next season.

Paul, 39, in his first season with the Warriors, averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game on 44.1 percent shooting from the field and 37.1 percent 3-pointer in 58 games last season, mostly coach Steve Kerr’s second unit off the bench.

As Murdock mentions, the Warriors have until Friday to decide whether they will guarantee Paul’s 2024-25 contract.

Wiggins, in 71 games (59 starts), averaged 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, shooting 45.3% from the field and 35.8% from 3 points.

Wiggins and Paul combined are owed approximately $56.2 million next season, and if the Warriors are able to offload those contracts, the financial flexibility created would certainly help them pursue another star player like Paul George, who they would be ready to offer as much as possible. contract this offseason.

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