Steve Kerr Gives Bizarre Reason Why the Warriors Traded James Wiseman

Steve Kerr Gives Bizarre Reason Why the Warriors Traded James Wiseman

Edwin Kiplagat
February 17, 2023 at 2:40 PM
  • Steve Kerr gave an odd answer when asked why the Golden State Warriors traded James Wiseman
  • The No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft failed to live up to expectations in a spell including a long-term injury
  • Wiseman joins the Detroit Pistons as an NBA champion and will hope to prove himself on the court soon

James Wiseman made his debut for his new team, the Detroit Pistons after he was traded from the Golden State Warriors before last week's trade deadline.

He had 11 points and five rebounds, with Boston Celtics winning 127-109.

Playing time for the No. 2 pick of the 2020 draft was becoming increasingly limited as he fell out of the rotation of the reigning NBA champions.

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James Wiseman was selected second overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. Photo by Ezra Shaw.
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Warriors coach, Steve Kerr said they couldn't play the big man due to inexperience.

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The trade marked the end of his spell with the Golden State, which saw him get a championship ring and play with future Hall of Famers like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

He was expected to be the team's center in the future, but injuries and lack of playing time slowed his development.

The four-team trade that sent him to Detroit almost fell apart after Gary Payton II failed a physical. The Warriors later completed the trade, per NBC Sports.

Steve Kerr on James Wiseman

The Warriors are trying to defend the title they won last season, beating the Boston Celtics in six games. This season isn't going how they expected however.

Their star player, Curry cannot stay healthy. He is currently on his second spell on the sidelines with an injury.

Therefore, Wiseman could not crack the rotation because of underwhelming performances when given opportunities.

Kerr gave an odd answer when asked about his former player.

"Basically it just came down to his inexperience and where we are organizationally, trying to win a championship," the coach said via SI.

The 21-year-old came to the Pistons with many expectations you'd expect from a No. 2 pick. However, Detroit seems like the best place for him to develop.

He may not find his way this season, but there's a a lot of time for him to put his name out there.

Warriors lodge complaint to NBA

Sports Brief earlier reported on the Warriors lodging a complaint to the NBA against the Portland Trail Blazers for alleged misleading information on the health status of Gary Payton II.

Following the four-team trade last week, the Golden State's new player underwent a physical the next day, revealing a core muscle issue that could take two to three months to heal.

GSW traded James Wiseman to the Pistons to bring the 30-year-old guard back to the Chae Center, then rerouted Saddiq Bey to Atlanta in exchange for five second-round picks.

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