Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020
News Every Day |

Will the Warriors trade down?

Photo by Cole Burston/NBAE via Getty Images

Could Golden State pop down a few spots in the draft?

As you’re probably well aware of by now, the Golden State Warriors hold the No. 2 overall pick in Wednesday’s NBA Draft. And it seems like the most likely outcome is that they use it to draft a top prospect such as James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards, or LaMelo Ball.

But we’ve talked a lot about the potential for the Warriors to trade the pick. With the draft being a touch uninspiring, and Golden State needing some players who can help them capitalize on a wide-open championship window, there’s been a lot of talk about Golden State dangling the pick — perhaps alongside Andrew Wiggins and/or the Minnesota Timberwolves first-round pick in 2021 — and trying to land a star, or a high-quality veteran role player.

It doesn’t seem like there are many options available, so I want to talk about a different trade: the trade down.

Two years ago, the Atlanta Hawks executed the type of trade that I could see the Warriors making. The Hawks held the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and they knew exactly who they wanted: Trae Young. They also knew that the Dallas Mavericks, who had the No. 5 pick, wanted Luka Dončić, and that if he were off the board, the Memphis Grizzlies would take Jaren Jackson Jr. with the No. 4 pick.

In other words, the Hawks knew that if they moved back to No. 5, the player they wanted at No. 3 would still be available.

So they called Dallas. The Mavs had no choice because they knew Memphis would take Dončić if Dallas didn’t get him first. So they swapped spots with Atlanta, throwing in a 2019 first-round pick to make it worth Atlanta’s while.

Perhaps this is a poor example, because I do not want to encourage the Warriors to trade down to avoid drafting the next Luka Dončić. That is not a good idea.

But the process is one the Warriors can follow, depending on who they’re most keen on in the draft.

What if the Chicago Bulls, who have the No. 4 pick, want James Wiseman, but know that the Charlotte Hornets — who are rumored to be enamored with the Memphis center — will take him at No. 3? If the Warriors already have their sight set on, say, Killian Hayes, then they can move back, get a future asset, and still get the same player they would have drafted at No. 2.

Or if they have their eyes on someone who will likely fall a bit further, they could really try and get a strong package out of a desperate team like the New York Knicks (No. 8), Washington Wizards (No. 9), or Sacramento Kings (No. 12).

Such an opportunity might not materialize, and it really depends on the Warriors having a target that will be available beyond the second spot in the draft. But we know Bob Myers loves to acquire future assets, and this type of move is right up his alley.

Read also

Dave Prowse dead: Darth Vader actor who played Luke Skywalker’s father in Star Wars dies after short illness, aged 85

Jay-Z To Produce Netflix Thriller "Forty Acres"

Former CEO says he's funding 'a team of hackers and cybersleuths' in an attempt to prove that Trump won the presidential election

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here