The Warriors are pursuing a trade prior to the March 15th deadline, according to general manager Larry Riley.
“We’re working day and night and we’re hopeful,” Riley told NBA.com on Monday night. “But what will not happen is, we won’t do something that sets us back just to do a deal. We want to find the right deal, and if we get one of those we’ll do it. I don’t know what the odds of it are right now.”
Golden State is 12-17 and in 13th place in the Western Conference.
“I think it would have remained intense regardless of what’s going on,” Riley said of trade efforts, dismissing the idea that the bad start has pushed the Warriors into trade mode.
“We recognize we need to get better whatever our record is. Let’s say we’d won half of those close games. We could be a .500 team. I think we’d be pushing real hard. I guess I would have to be honest with you and say that if we’re 20-8, then things change. There’s reason to stay the course at 20-8. But if we were a .500 team or one or two games above, I don’t think it would change at all. We’re wanting to get better.”
Any major trade would almost certainly include Monta Ellis.