NBA executive believes Malik Beasley can bolster Warriors’ bench

The Golden State Warriors are in an interesting position ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They could use some help solidifying their position in the Western Conference standings, but also hang in there and make it work. The latest rumors have linked him to Malik Beasley of the Utah Jazz.

In an interview with Sean Devaney of Heavy Sports, an Eastern Conference executive said the Warriors could use Beasley. The defending champions need extra scoring off the bench, as Jordan Poole has been inconsistent this season. The executive added that if Steph Curry asks the front office to make a trade, they may comply.

“If he says to ownership, ‘You’ve got to get some help now, not for down the road,’ that will go a long way,” the executive said. “There are only a few players you absolutely have to listen to, and Steph is one. Beasley would be a good bench piece for them if they want to trade one of the young guys.”

Malik Beasley is averaging 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 50 games for the Utah Jazz this season. Beasley was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the offseason as part of the Rudy Gobert deal. He also has a $16.5 million team option for next season and could easily be declined based on his performance.

However, if the Golden State Warriors don’t hurry, several teams are rumored to be interested in Beasley. Eastern Conference executives revealed that teams such as the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans could try to acquire the offensive-minded swingman.

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Draymond Green doesn’t have the same impact on the Golden State Warriors.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green Will be playing in his final season with the Golden State Warriors. Green can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and enter free agency. Incident with him Jordan Poole In the offseason and the Warriors’ luxury tax concerns could mean Green could find a new team this summer.

An anonymous NBA executive also said the incident affected Green’s influence in the organization. The former Defensive Player of the Year used to have the power to ask the front office to go after players or improve parts of the team. However, it hasn’t been the same since he punched the pool.

“Usually, it would be Draymond who would make noise about the front office,” the executive said. “‘You need to do this and that’ but things are different with Draymond now after the pool incident. He’s not going to make waves out there anymore.”

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