On his podcast, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said goodbye and offered his best wishes to James Wiseman, who was just traded in a four-team trade to the Detroit Pistons.
James now has the chance to [restart his career] after being transferred to the Detroit Pistons, according to Green.
James Wiseman needs to go someplace where he can perform a play, get minutes, and repetitions without being asked to compete at a championship level, and I feel like in this trade, he gets what he needs, and the Warriors got what they needed.
Wiseman will have the opportunity to learn from his mistakes and gain experience, which Green referred to as “life’s greatest teacher.”
Green continued, “He’s incredibly talented and super skilled; he just hasn’t had the reps.
In three games while a student at the University of Memphis, Wiseman participated. He left school to concentrate on a professional career while serving a 12-game NCAA penalty for allegedly receiving illegal incentives.
The Warriors selected Wiseman as the No. 2 overall choice in the 2020 NBA Draft, but due to a ruptured right meniscus, he only played in 39 games. He scored 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game, showing star potential at times.
Unfortunately, Wiseman’s injury forced him to miss the entire 2021–22 campaign. In 2022–2023, he only participated in 21 games, scoring 6.9 points on 62.8 percent shooting and grabbing 3.5 rebounds per 12.5 minutes.
The Warriors are attempting to contend for a title despite being close to.500. The Pistons, one of the worst basketball teams, are remaking themselves for the future. As Green pointed out, this is an opportunity for Wiseman to gain experience, play through errors, and establish some rhythm for a squad that isn’t now focused on winning.
Guard Gary Payton II, who left for the Portland Trail Blazers in free agency during the previous offseason, was warmly welcomed back by Golden State.