Report: Warriors ‘working to trade’ No. 28 NBA draft pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Wait, the NBA draft is this week?
That’s what many Warriors fans are no doubt thinking after the Dubs won their fourth championship in eight years last Thursday and then celebrated with a championship parade on Monday. But yeah, the draft is already here and the Warriors have the No. 28 pick in the first round, as well as the No. 51 and No. 57 picks in the second round.
Even though the Warriors have already managed to pick at the end of the first round – Jordan Poole was taken 28th in 2019 and Kevon Looney was drafted 30th in 2015 – could Bob Myers and Co. decide to opt out of the pick this year?
Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo reported Monday, citing sources, that the Warriors are “working to trade” the No. 28 pick given their large payroll and the “need to fit James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody into rotation next season”.
Woo’s reporting is part of his simulation project, where he puts Milwaukee forward James Baldwin on the Dubs at No. 28 if they retain the selection.
“Baldwin remains an acquired taste due to his injury history and frustrating year in college, but continues to attract first-round interest due to his size and elite three-point shooting potential. “Woo writes.
Trading the pick for an active future wouldn’t be a surprise. As Woo notes, the Warriors already have a record payroll and want to squeeze their recent lottery picks into a rotation of veterans who will be chomping at the bit to defend their title.
The Warriors know 100% that Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be back. While key pieces Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins are eligible for extensions, both are under contract for next season regardless. They will come back too.
Golden State would try to bring back free agents Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II, while Wiseman, Moody and Kuminga will all get a chance to show what they can do with extra minutes.
That’s already 10 spots on the roster, not to mention the free agent additions or returns of starters Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damion Lee, some of whom could certainly return.
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While adding a young asset to a veteran core has worked for the Warriors in the past, they might decide it might not be worth it this season given their roster build.
Either way, we’ll find out soon, with the 2022 NBA Draft scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
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