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

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4. The Warriors could target Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs)

Rudy Gay has long been tied to Golden State and might be the best fit if the Warriors want to bring in a veteran to fill the old Andre Igoudala role. Gay is set to make $14 million next season and the Spurs are clearly limping to the end of their dynastic run.

San Antonio is technically in the NBA’s scheduled bubble, but almost any pundit would be shocked to see the Spurs finish in the playoffs. They’ll likely be picking between 9-12.

Set to be 34 next season, Gay is a shell of his peak self, but he still managed to put up 10 points and five rebounds per game off the bench. He only shot 31 percent from three last season but is a career 35 percent shooter.

The biggest problem will be his declining athleticism. Originally a small forward, now closer to 250 than 200 pounds, Gay probably fits best as an athletic power forward.

Of course, Draymond Green and Eric Paschall already create a backlog at that position. Golden State would have to believe he could handle extended minutes on the wing and that’s probably hard to foresee.

Another possible fit in San Antonio would be point guard Patty Mills. The St. Mary’s product would be the most explosive backup point guard in Golden State since Jarrett Jack.

Plus, Mills is under contract for about a million dollars less than Gay next season (about $13 million vs. $14 million).