May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) is consoled by power forward David Lee (10, right) against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: 5 Teams They Can Trade With To Get A Draft Pick

The Golden State Warriors are entering the 2013-14 season with high hopes. Their combination of youth, athleticism and hopefully renewed health from the offseason will allow them to compete and eventually evolved as one of the Western Conference’s powerhouses.

The last thing the Warriors need is an infusion of young talent from the draft, and in a historically weak draft, there may not even be young talent that would be an upgrade at any position. There may be, however, an upside to trading for a draft pick.

February 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) is fouled as he shoots by Phoenix Suns forward Wesley Johnson (2) during the third quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors won 113-93. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors have a couple of contracts they would love to get rid of. Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson are two of the highest paid players on the Warriors. In a scenario where the Warriors are attempting a hail mary to do some massive damage over the next season or two, Golden State could look to dump their salaries by pairing them with either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes with a lottery team.

This would free the Warriors up to make free-agent signings this offseason or the next. Many Warriors fans would love to see Jarrett Jack return next season, but with players like J.J. Redick and J.J. Hickson on the market, Golden State could free themselves up to sign quality role players.

None of these scenarios are incredibly likely, realistic or very beneficial to the Warriors, but here are five teams the Warriors could trade with to cause chaos in the Western Conference.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers have one of the most promising young players in Kyrie Irving. With Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and plenty of cap space to play with, the Cavaliers could be a scary team with Barnes (with Biedrins/Jefferson’s expiring contracts)

2. Charlotte Bobcats (Hornets)

If the Bobcats had the option to go back to the 2012 draft, they would undoubtedly have second thoughts about drafting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Though Waiters or Damian Lillard are extremely tempting, how could they pass up another chance at Barnes.

3. New Orleans Hornets (Pelicans)

There have always been rumors of the Warriors wanting Eric Gordon. By trading their sixth pick in the draft and Eric Gordon, the Hornets could pick up young talent in Barnes or Thompson. The Warriors would obtain an explosive 24- year-old scorer.

4. Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings just hired Mike Malone as their new head coach. The Kings would benefit from trading for Barnes or Thompson as opposed to hoping their seventh pick will produce any great players. Malone’s influence and system would be familiar, as well as an opportunity to be a part of the rebirth of a stories franchise.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

In 2013-14, the Timberwolves will be in need of solid wing players. Minnesota may be willing to give up their seventh pick but would be unable to return any solid players to help the Warriors. Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love provide Minnesota with a one-two punch that is one of the most exciting in the league. One last piece could put them into contention.

There you have it – five crazy trades the Warriors could make to free up cap space and stir up some trouble in the West.

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  • methuselah46

    This article is pure mental masturbation on the part of the writer. All of those trades would make the Warriors worse than they are now. Why trade a likely all-star or even all-NBA player for the “potential” in a draft pick? Biedrins still has some utility as a player as he showed in the playoffs and during the mid-season coaching shut-down of Festus Ezeli. Besides that, as the 2014 trade deadline approaches, those 2 expiring contracts could be worth a first round pick by themselves.

    • John

      I completely agree all these trades would make the Warriors worse. Like I mentioned above, this was just looking at scenarios for getting a draft pick – an undesirable draft pick in a weak draft.

      • methuselah46

        Exactly…so there was absolutely no point in writing this to start with except to get a few cents per word, so to repeat: This is nothing but mental maturbation on your part. You added exactly ZERO insight into anything. Why bother.

  • Boying

    The writer of this article is insane and hate the Warriors so much that he wanted the Warriors to part with two promising young players.

    • John

      No way do I want to part with Klay or Harrison. This article was just a “what-if”, super hypothetical, what would the Warriors need to do to get a draft pick.