This wasn’t a trade, it was a pure salary dump. From what I’ve read, that euro meatball the Warriors traded Dorell Wright for is unlikely to ever set foot on NBA hardwood.
I see several reasons for the move:
1) Given that the Warriors appear to have no inclination to trade Barnes, and that Dorell Wright doesn’t fit the Lacob/Jackson walk it up, pound the low post system, this was a move that probably had to be made for cap reasons. Particularly if Brandon Rush is offered something close to the MLE. If the Warriors don’t retain Rush — their only 2-way wing defender — they will be straight-up horrible.
And if they actually intend to win, they badly need a veteran backup point guard as well. Calling CJ Watson….
2) This move also follows Joe Lacob’s well-established pattern of replacing veteran bench players with draft picks, cheap rookies, and even cheaper unplayable castoffs. It is his preferred strategy for remaining under the cap.
And remaining under the cap is Joe Lacob’s prime directive, as his first three seasons have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
3) imo, Dorell Wright is a better player than Barnes — far more unselfish, much better passer, much better handle, better rebounder, better shotblocker, better teammate. Barnes will likely be better at taking it to the hole (if he doesn’t get stripped). He might also prove a better individual defender, but I’ll have to see that to believe it.
And DWright will never, ever be heard to utter a word about his “brand.” Or, more importantly, spend a minute thinking about his brand.
If I’m right about this, it would be bad for Warriors chemistry to have the better player sitting on the bench, while the rookie builds his brand. Just as it was bad for the Warriors chemistry last season to have DWright sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter while Joe Lacob built Klay Thompson’s brand (and tanked the season).
DWright was moved so that Barnes can play without repercussions.
4) DWright simply didn’t fit the Lacob/Jackson system. He’s designed for the open court — tremendous speed, vision, handle, great open court finisher. And a great finisher of early offense threes. An up and down player.
But just because Jackson had no idea what to do with him doesn’t mean he’s not a good player. Along with Marcus Thompson, I believe Wright will be a great fit in Philly playing for Doug Collins’ Nellieball Sixers (Brand was amnestied).