What would it take for the Golden State Warriors to trade their 2020 first-round pick which is destined to be in the top five?
Over the last few weeks, especially around the league’s NBA trade deadline, we’ve noticed a couple of things about the Golden State Warriors and how they want their roster to be set up in the coming years.
For starters, they care about fit. Securing Andrew Wiggins and trading D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota, the Warriors were able to bring back a two picks as well, one being a top-three protected first-round pick.
With their championship window closing as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green age into their early 30s, are the Warriors more concerned about finding fit now or about their future superstar?
That will be what they answer before the 2020 NBA Draft. After all, their first-round pick in 2020 could be flipped for high-potential players that they know fit in their system. A player like John Collins may be able to be snagged for such a cost.
It’s difficult to gauge the pick’s value because it could vary from No. 1 to No. 14. And, the Warriors couldn’t even trade it till they actually have their pick back, having sent a top-20 protected 2020 first-round pick to Brooklyn for Russell.
That said, the Warriors will have the option of filling out their roster with a true big man, a few elite bench players or both if they want to trade the pick for a few other quality assets. Yet, at the same time, they could select a player like James Wiseman or Anthony Edwards to lead their long-term future.
Trading the pick seems unlikely, but with the Warriors laser-focused on fit, it doesn’t seem like the idea of dealing it for a player that improves their immediate chance at winning is too far out of the picture.
So, no, they probably won’t trade it, but don’t be surprised if they at least shop around and gauge its value.