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Warriors and Hawks Swap Wiseman and Bey

10 February 2023, Friday
The Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons have made a multi-team transaction that sends center James Wiseman to the Pistons. Atlanta Hawks pick up Saddiq Bey while Portland Trail Blazers reacquire Gary Payton II. This trade is expected to save the Warriors roughly $7 million in luxury tax this season and $30 million in the 2023-2024 season. The Hawks are sending five second-round choices to the Warriors as part of the deal, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski. The Warriors send Kevin Knox to the Trail Blazers after having acquired him from the Pistons.

James Wiseman, the injury-plagued 21-year-old, has found himself out of the Warriors' rotation this season, recording averages of 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. After struggling in the early season, Wiseman was sent to the G League for seven games in November and then missed an additional 15 games due to an ankle injury. In the two games he has seen action since, he scored a total of 15 points in 21 minutes. 

His overall NBA tenure has been short-lived; Wiseman, the number two pick in the 2020 draft, has now played only 60 games with the Warriors, making him the fourth-fewest games played by a top-two pick to make his debut within his team in League history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Four years have passed since Wiseman has experienced a complete basketball season. He only played three games at Memphis in 2019-20, tore his meniscus during his first NBA season, and subsequently encountered numerous obstacles preventing his involvement during 2021-22.

Payton, who is 30, averaged 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14 games this season for the Portland team. He will make the journey back to Golden State, the place where he had spent the two prior seasons and marked personal bests of 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 71 games one year ago.

Drafted 19th overall in 2020, Pistons forward Saddiq Bey is in his third NBA season, having already made a unique mark in franchise history. Bey has become the first player to ever sink 100 three-pointers in their first three years.

This season, Bey is averaging 14.9 points per game, shooting 34.5% from the three-point line on 5.6 attempts per contest. Unfortunately, Atlanta are in the bottom three in the league for three-point shooting and it has led to Bey oscillating between being in, and out of, coach Dwane Casey's starting lineup.

The Atlanta Hawks have executed another money-saving manoeuvre, exchanging Justin Holiday and Frank Kaminsky for Garrison Matthews and Bruno Fernando, based on sources close to The deal will see Knox, a former ninth overall pick from the 2018 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, make his presence felt in Portland, following his 4-year stint with the Knicks and 11-game run with the Hawks this season, where he averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds.
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