The 2014 NBA Draft will showcase some of the finest freshmen talent in recent years.
The Golden State Warriors have to make a tough decision: do they place a bid in the hopes of securing a gifted young player, or must the Warriors wait for free agency?
GM Bob Myers was asked on KNBR whether the Warriors were in a position to buy a second-round pick. Myers mentioned that the team usually has some extra cash available in excess of $3.2 million. Joe Lacob likes to exercise that option. Unfortunately, they used it all last year to secure Andre Iguodala.
Golden State fans aren’t entirely without hope. Myers indicated that it was still possible to trade future draft picks:
You can’t say ‘Well, we don’t have a pick. Let’s not scout anybody.’ That’s an irresponsible way to go about it.
Myers assures us that the team will do its “due diligence” and prepare for the draft as if they had picks.
The front office should be arriving at the conclusion that trading into the draft at this point (either future picks or otherwise) will not only muddy the waters, but would also potentially close other doors that look equally, if not more fortuitous.
Trading Future Draft Picks
In 2013, the Warriors traded two first round picks (2014, 2017) and three second round picks (2016, 2017, 2018) to the Utah Jazz for Kevin Murphy and Iguodala. There isn’t much left to trade at this point.
Trading Players for Draft Picks
Any player that could be seen as an asset to other franchises is potentially either too valuable to lose or better suited as a bargaining chip.
Let’s take a look at Klay Thompson. His contract is almost up and he still shows signs of being green. Given that, Joe Lacob is ardently opposed to letting Thompson’s contract expire. Besides, is he really worth trading even for a chance at Dante Exum? He’s a franchise player, not a piece of meat for the chopping block. Lacob knows that – unless he’s pumping steroids into a possible K-Love deal…
San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami compares the Warriors owner’s recent stance to a poker move:
By giving every indication that Thompson is NOT available, it only makes the prospect of getting him more enticing to the Timberwolves (theoretically).
With Thompson off the table, presumably David Lee would also be called into reserve. The team can’t trade for a top-15 player without at least one of the two, and Minnesota currently holds the keys. They can demand virtually anything, including this duo package.
Trades should be made, but outside the draft. There are great opportunities right on their doorstep. The Warriors do have both 2015 and 2016 first rounders, but like Myers says, “You have to know what the value of a pick is, and that means going out and seeing these guys.”