The 2014 NBA draft took place on Thursday night in Brooklyn. Usually, as recent history will attest to, this is the time when the Golden State Warriors are most active, trading players, acquiring picks, etc.
Except this year, they did absolutely nothing. No picks, no trades, not even a rumor. Nada.
“I think if you look at our roster now, we like it and think it has the opportunity to do well,” GM Bob Myers told reporters. “We have a lot of high ceilings. … By standing pat (during the draft), I think it does show faith in our roster.”
The Warriors may have gotten involved if either Nik Stauskas or Doug McDermott was available at No. 13, the Timberwolves’ pick. If those two names were still on the board, they might have pulled the trigger on a deal for Love, sending Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and David Lee to Minnesota for Love, Kevin Martin, and the 13th pick, which they would use on Stauskas or McDermott.
But no, that didn’t come to fruition, and the Warriors didn’t panic. They weren’t desperate, and didn’t try to get involved just for the heck of it. There were probably certain players that the Warriors liked, and certainly would have chosen had they owned a selection. But they had no picks, couldn’t buy one, and obviously couldn’t find a viable trade to acquire one.
Sometimes, the best move is no move. The Warriors still have all their assets, and now perhaps have an even better chance to acquire Love now that the draft has concluded, since other teams can no longer present 2014 draft picks as assets. If or when the Warriors do trade for Love, it will certainly make the frustration of sitting through an eventless NBA draft worth it for Warriors fans.