Though Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has indicated that anything is possible in the upcoming NBA Draft, including using his two lottery picks for young prospects, recent reports suggest that the Warriors would rather walk away from the July 29 selection meeting with veterans rather than rookies.
First, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau reported that the Warriors’ “Plan A” is to trade their No. 7 and No. 14 picks for a established veteran in his prime. And now, in a report from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the word is that the Warriors are indeed willing to dump their picks for experienced help next season.
With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green welcoming the return of Klay Thompson, the Warriors are gearing up to pursue another championship. League sources say Golden State is exploring all opportunities to trade out of the draft entirely for veterans.Kevin O’Connor/The Ringer
Though it remains possible that Myers will use his lottery picks, the Warriors’ reported desire to acquire a veteran instead should come as no surprise. Golden State’s trio of superstars need established, supplementary players, as O’Connor mentions.
It seems doubtful the Warriors could gain a player of real significance with their lottery picks alone, however. Myers would likely have to throw more into the deal, perhaps second-year center James Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick in 2020.
Or perhaps not. But the Warriors’ Plan A is an ideal situation. The entire NBA knows the Warriors are desperate for established players, and that is detrimental to their negotiation position, to be sure. Myers has his work to do, and he’s no doubt in the lab with co-owner Joe Lacob, looking to zoom light years ahead of the NBA again, somehow and someway.
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