NBA Trade Rumors: 3-Team Blockbuster Would Send Andrew Wiggins To Eastern Contender

It was a disappointing season for the Golden State Warriors, and changes will be afoot this summer. One name that's been consistently rumored to be on the trade block is Andrew Wiggins. After playing a huge role in helping to lead the Warriors to the title in 2022, and following up with almost identical numbers in the 2022-23 season, the Canadian wing dropped off big time in the just-completed campaign. 

Wiggins, the former No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, had the worst offensive year of his career this season, scoring just 13.2 points per game. In addition, the Warriors would like to get out from under his massive contract, which still has three years to run at an average annual value of over $27 million. 

But having proven himself as a secondary star on a championship team, Wiggins should still be coveted by a select few clubs. With that, we take a look at a proposed three-team blockbuster that would send Wiggins to the Philadelphia 76ers. Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report suggests it could work like this:

Sixers Receive:

  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Cash

Warriors Receive:
  • Malcolm Brogdon
  • Robert Williams III

Trail Blazers Receive:
  • Kevon Looney
  • Sixers 1st-round pick (16th overall, 2024 Draft)
  • $22.5 million trade exception (Wiggins)
  • $4.4 million trade exception (Williams III)

The Warriors completely remake their rotation and get out from under a lot of money, while receiving a strong backup point guard to replace the almost-certainly-departing Chris Paul, plus a strong rim-protector in Williams (if he's able to stay healthy — he played only 6 games this season due to continuing injury problems with his right knee.)

For Philly, this would be predicated on them being unable to land free agent Paul George (who's expected to stay with the Clippers). Wiggins would be a much cheaper fallback, and provides a solid wing player to replace the likely-departing free agent Tobias Harris.

Portland would get themselves well below the tax apron by moving out Williams and Brogdon, plus have some wiggle room for deals with the trade exceptions, in addition to moving on from Brogdon who, at 31, simply doesn't fit their rebuild timeline.

Even if this huge swap doesn't come together, we expect to hear a lot of these names on the trade market this summer one way or another. 

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