NBA Rumors: GSW Could Trade No. 2 Pick And 2020 Second-Round Pick For Marcus Smart

Will Marcus Smart be part of the Warriors' 'Death Lineup' next season?

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket during the second quarter of the game against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on January 30, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Will Marcus Smart be part of the Warriors' 'Death Lineup' next season?

When the 2019-20 NBA season officially concludes, the Golden State Warriors are expected to immediately start making moves that could boost their chances of reclaiming the championship title next year. Though they are set to enter the 2020-21 NBA season with the formidable core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins, multiple signs point toward the Warriors searching for major roster upgrades this fall. They may be buried deep in luxury tax, but they currently possess a plethora of trade assets to chase big names who will be available on the trading block in the 2020 offseason.

One of the most intriguing non-superstar trade targets for the Warriors is veteran shooting guard Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics. According to Nathan Beighle of Fansided’s Blue Man Hoop, the Warriors could explore sending a package that includes the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and a 2020 second-rounder to the Celtics in exchange for Smart and the No. 14 overall pick.

“Smart is everything the Warriors could ask for in a role player. With 21 points including five triples in the Celtics opening blowout victory in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Smart has hit a career-high 2.3 triples per game. Despite shooting over 40% just once in his career, Smart neared 35% from deep. He’s a solid shooter and a better defender. He’s everything Golden State needs in a player that could potentially take this team to the next level, and his addition would help fill the Warriors’ most obvious flaws.”

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics calls for a play during the second half in Game Three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 21, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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Smart may not be on the level of other Golden State dream trade targets like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Bradley Beal, but he would still be an incredible addition to the roster. He would give the Warriors another legitimate option from beyond the arc and someone who wouldn’t mind doing the dirty work. Also, despite being undersized, he is very capable of defending multiple positions.

Smart could serve as Golden State’s sixth man or play alongside Curry, Thompson, Green, and Wiggins in the starting lineup if coach Steve Kerr decides to use his “Death Lineup.” Smart has not shown any sign that he’s not happy in Boston, but he may be intrigued by the idea of playing for a team as a great as the Warriors.

However, as of now, it remains a big question mark if the Celtics will really consider making Smart available on the trading block in the 2020 offseason. If ever they decide to move the veteran shooting guard, it would likely be in a deal that would land a superstar to complement their core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kemba Walker.