The Washington Wizards acquired Jordan Poole from the Golden State Warriors this week in return for Chris Paul.
For obvious reasons, the move sent major reverberations throughout the NBA.
At the moment, the Warriors maintain that they plan to retain Paul and move forward with him.
But what about Poole in Washington? What’s the front office’s plan there?
According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, it really wouldn’t be all that shocking to see the Wizards move Poole in the not-so-distant future.
“In all of Washington’s trade talks, the Wizards told rival teams they were prioritizing short-term salary, sources said,” he wrote.
“Poole’s was the only significant future number that landed back on Washington’s books, which has led some opposing executives to wonder whether the Wizards will look to move Poole again at some point prior to next year’s trade deadline.”
That said, the Warriors seem to hold a differing point of view.
Not that they would have any major insight into the Wizards’ long-term plans.
“For what it’s worth, Golden State is under the impression Washington intends to keep Poole, sources told Yahoo Sports,” per Fischer.
Poole’s turbulent season with the Warriors last season culminated in him essentially being benched for the final stretch of the playoffs. Between his growing dissatisfaction with his role and his lingering beef with Draymond Green, that situation was untenable.
Poole’s immediate first move after getting traded to the Wizards was telling. He was happy to be done with Golden State.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) June 24, 2023
The question is just whether he will actually remain in Washington long term.
At the moment, it’s looking like a 50-50 proposition.
For the beginning of next season, at least, Poole will be a Wizard. Beyond that? Time will tell.