Elongated trade window
Another plus of the Warriors trading their first-round pick is lengthening their trade window. It’s just a simple concept to be honest. If the Warriors use their first-round pick, they won’t have it to wheel and deal.
To be fair, there will be a plethora of teams looking to trade for the Warriors’ pick at the right price. That price will easily contain said team’s first-round pick. That’s important for Golden State when looking at future trades.
If the Warriors were to pick up James Wiseman or LaMelo Ball, they risk those players being busts. It’d be great for them to turn into stars, but at the end of the day, there isn’t a Zion Williamson-like star in this draft class.
The Warriors could holster that draft capital, which, in turn, has trade value.
They could use the additional trade value at the 2021 trade deadline. A championship-pedigree team, the Warriors could make a splash trade if they could somehow manage to secure an unprotected first-round pick from a perennially bad franchise like the Knicks.