The Golden State Warriors made a big impact in the NBA recently by trading Jordan Poole, Ryan Rollins, and draft picks to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Chris Paul.
While the arrival of Paul caught many off guard, it was not as surprising that Poole would be leaving the team. Considering Poole’s significant salary, it was expected that he would be available for trade during the offseason.
However, despite this anticipation, young Warriors player Moses Moody was still taken aback by the trade, showing how unexpected it was for him.
“I was really surprised,” Moody shared during an interview with Jason Dumas from KRON. “I was just sitting in the car when my mom’s friend called and broke the news to me. It was the first time I heard about it, and it was just really unexpected and unbelievable.”
Moody recently completed his second NBA season with the Warriors. He was chosen by Golden State as the 14th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
When he joined the team, Moody became part of a promising group of young players including James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and Poole.
With the team’s veteran players, the Warriors had an opportunity to develop these talents and build on their success after winning the 2021-22 NBA championship.
Last season, a lot of bad things happened. Draymond Green hit Poole in the face and caused problems within the team. The Warriors decided to let go of Wiseman and trade him away. Now, only Kuminga and Moody are left from that group of players.
Even though Moody was surprised by what happened, he is still looking forward to playing with another NBA legend, Paul, in the upcoming season.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Moody said when talking to Dumas. “I’ve been a fan of Chris Paul for a while, watching him play and seeing his skills in passing, shooting, and creating opportunities.
But what’s even more exciting is the chance to learn from and be around another Hall of Fame player.”