Will the Golden State Warriors actually trade their valuable No. 2 overall draft pick?
With a championship-caliber roster ready to jump back into contention at the start of the 2020-21 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors‘ No. 2 overall draft selection seems a bit misplaced.
Granted, their 2019-20 season got derailed due to injury, and now, they have a grand opportunity to bulk up their roster even more by either drafting a top-tier prospect or trading it for well-established pieces.
What they plan on doing with the pick has been a mystery since they landed the No. 2 selection last month.
According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, however, there is reportedly a growing feeling around the league that trading this pick is ultimately the road the Warriors will explore in hopes of landing another star.
"“What league insiders are saying: People around the league are unanimous in thinking that the Warriors will do their best to pull off a trade. But finding the right trade is the problem.Booker isn’t available. Neither is Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Despite a first-round playoff exit, Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand has declared Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid off limits as well. The best package Golden State has to attract a star — forward Andrew Wiggins, the No.2 pick and Minnesota’s lightly protected 2021 first-round pick — would almost assuredly be available if any of those players do hit the trade market.”"
Without question, the biggest fish of them all, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, has also been on Golden State’s radar for quite some time.
Although the reigning league MVP is under contract for another season, the Warriors hoped that they could potentially pry him away from Milwaukee if the Bucks failed to make the NBA Finals at least this season.
However, when Giannis and Milwaukee’s season ended in the second round Tuesday night, the Greek Freak silenced any thought of him going anywhere this offseason.
"“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports after the Bucks were eliminated in five games in the second round by the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season."
The Warriors shouldn’t expect to land the superstar that they want in exchange for their No. 2 overall pick.
It seems right now that while trading the pick is the right move, the Warriors might not get the superstar in return that they were previously hoping they might.
If it comes down to draft night and that pick is still in their possession, selecting big man James Wiseman out of Memphis to fill their vacant center position might not be such a bad idea either.
Bontemps also suggested in his ESPN article that the Warriors could select a player such as Wiseman and trade him down the line, potentially next season, when things open up more and players become available.
Ultimately, the Golden State Warriors find themselves in a waiting game, with no clear idea of when the 2020-21 NBA season will even begin.
With the draft potentially being pushed back once again, fans and media alike will only have more time to speculate what the Warriors plan to do with their highly-coveted No. 2 selection, as there is nothing set in stone just yet.