Adding a potential future asset
As aforementioned, the Warriors will get to return more than just the pick. Better yet, they’ll get to handpick the player that they want in return in the majority of deals. Will Aaron Gordon and the Magic’s first-round pick be enough for the Warriors’ top pick, assuming it’s in the top three?
While that still feels unlikely, the Warriors need frontcourt help: the entire NBA knows it. They need cheap frontcourt help though. Maybe a player like Mo Bamba could come in and provide the team the length and shooting they need.
While the options are endless, the Warriors, while trading back, can bring in an asset to help advance their playoff potential. After all, they don’t need a star. They managed two straight NBA Finals without Kevin Durant and then three straight with him.
They only had a down season because of injuries to their stars. They need a complementary player, and the Warriors could get that and a late-lottery pick if they want to trade back in the draft.