The Golden State Warriors have just gone through a turbulent week, including difficult defeats, Chris Paul’s injury and especially information surrounding young striker Jonathan Kuminga.
Reputable journalist Shams Charania said that the player born in 2002 from Congo has “lost faith in coach Steve Kerr”, showing dissatisfaction with the number of minutes played and his career development path at Warriors.
This information immediately stirred up the transfer market with predictions that Kuminga would be traded by Golden State in exchange for another player.
One of the hottest names in the NBA technology market right now is Pascal Siakam, an All-Star striker and 2019 NBA champion of the Toronto Raptors.
Siakam has had contacts with Golden State and if the trade takes place, it is likely that Kuminga will have to leave after the grievances he just shared about his role and minutes played.
However, this scenario will not happen.
Many major news sites say that the Golden State Warriors have no intention of letting Jonathan Kuminga leave, instead they will try to handle this 2002-born player internally:
“According to close sources, the Warriors still consider Kuminga an important piece of the team and have no intention of letting this striker leave.
This is a rare player who can both contribute positively in the present time, connect well with the championship frame that the Warriors possess, and can become a future pillar in the post-Curry era.
Another notable point is that Kuminga has a very good relationship with former Technical Director Joe Lacob (replaced by new Technical Director Mike Dunleavy Jr in the summer of 2023 – PV), considered the perfect player during the transition period. generation at Warriors”.
Sharing about Jonathan Kuminga’s story, coach Steve Kerr – who lost the trust of the Congolese player himself, said:
“We had a private conversation and everything was resolved. Of course, I still want these matters to be handled internally rather than publicly, because it would create distraction for the whole group and cause chaos.
But in the end, the most important thing is that we talked and let him say all his thoughts. I am very comfortable about this because I believe I am the coach who listens the most in the entire tournament.
Kuminga is a young player. He is hungry to compete and wants to improve himself continuously. To do this, he must play, so I’m not surprised by what Kuminga shared. This is also the reason I put JK in the starting lineup.”
Jonathan Kuminga is playing the third season of his career and has achieved the best stats since arriving in the NBA. The 2m01 striker has won his place in the starting lineup, bringing Andrew Wiggins to the reserve squad.
But because Kuminga and Wiggins play in the same position and cannot play together due to lack of connection, sometimes coach Steve Kerr is forced to choose one of the two.
For example, in the match against the Denver Nuggets, Wiggins was playing well and was kept on the field in the fourth quarter. This made Kuminga feel dissatisfied because he was completely “frozen”.