Warriors: 5 trade-down targets in the 2020 NBA Draft

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1 and 2. The Warriors could target Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington (New York Knicks)

Obviously, the lottery could throw any of these ideas up in the smoke, but the New York Knicks finished with the sixth-worst record in the league. Barring a lottery win, they’ll be behind the Warriors.

With a new president of team operations, New York may welcome a chance to move up in the draft for a more exciting prospect (perhaps LaMelo Ball) and unload some salary in the process.

Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington have a solid history as wing role players, but both had underwhelming performances last year.

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Still, their expiring combined $12.2 million contracts aren’t that unreasonable. Moving down just a few picks could solidify Golden State’s wing depth and add two legitimate deep threats.

Ellington has long been a one-dimensional player. His 35 percent shooting from behind the arc last season was one of the worst numbers of his career, but alongside Curry, Thompson, and the Warriors spacing should allow Ellington to return to his career 37.8 percent accuracy.

Bullock is a stronger, younger, and better all-around player than Ellington who would immediately become the Warriors best bench scoring option. It’s easy to envision a second-unit with Bullock helping to space the floor for someone like Eric Paschall.

The Warriors might want more upside for $12 million than what either player can offer. Neither are coming off strong campaigns and you wonder if the Warriors would still want a future second-rounder to complete any deal.

Then again, I thought the Warriors wouldn’t take on Andrew Wiggins’ contract for D’Angelo Russell so it’s in the cards.