Golden State Warriors trade Cory Joseph to Indiana Pacers, remain silent on other deals
Warriors trade Cory Joseph to Pacers for 2024 second-round pick. Golden State keeps core players amid defensive improvement. Coach Steve Kerr praises team.
The Golden State Warriors have made a last-minute trade with the Indiana Pacers, sending backup point guard Cory Joseph and cash in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. This move comes as Joseph, who was signed to a one-year, $3.196 million contract in the offseason, has seen his playing time decrease due to the emergence of two-way player Lester Quinones. With Quinones taking over most of Joseph's minutes, the Warriors saw an opportunity to save upwards of $10 million in salary and tax payments, as well as get back into the draft game with the 2024 second-round pick.
Despite Joseph's trade, the Warriors refrained from making any other moves at the deadline, despite rumors surrounding core players Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson, and Kevon Looney. The team's recent defensive improvement, particularly since Draymond Green's return, has given the front office confidence in the current lineup. With a solid lineup in place and a recent string of wins, the organization is comfortable leaning into this momentum as they look ahead to the postseason. Coach Steve Kerr expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, noting the improved defense and the connectedness of the players. The Warriors are now 23-25 and 11th in the Western Conference.