Potential decrease in value
If the Warriors deal the pick, it could backfire. Obviously, the team could bring in a star, but at this point, without too many stars on the market, it seems more likely they just look to add more future draft capital.
Just as they did with the Andrew Wiggins trade, the Warriors want draft capital. They want to have those future assets stockpiled up. Well, like that Minnesota 2021 top-three protected pick, the fact of the matter is that these picks could very well be worth very little.
The Warriors are banking on the fact that the Timberwolves and whoever they deal their 2020 pick to will continue to be a poorly ran organization and that the pick they then possess will have value.
Ultimately, the team the Warriors deal their pick to will see the value in that pick. They’ll crave a player like LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards, thinking they’ll change their franchise. And, if they do, the Warriors will be wishing they had them on their roster.
The Warriors can use the pick, strapping it to that one player, or risk that it decreases in value. Both are a risk.