Conflicting reports regarding the Golden State Warriors and the 2020 NBA Draft have been coming rapidly. Let’s attempt to see through the smoke screens.
If you’ve been struggling to keep up with all of the Golden State Warriors‘ plans for the 2020 NBA Draft, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Finding your way through all of the smoke screens can be tough. Especially when the Warriors appear to be changing their mind every week.
Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle has been covering each and every move the Warriors make regarding the draft. If you’ve been following along, you would have noticed that the Dubs have adjusted their big board quite frequently.
Initially, the world believed James Wiseman would be the obvious No. 1 choice for the Dubs. Then, the franchise reported that they weren’t very interested in the towering center for Memphis.
Similar to this, the Warriors have gone back and forth on LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton with Anthony Edwards being the most recent guard to have his name mentioned as the Dubs’ ideal prospect.
One thing that has remained consistent over the months is that the Warriors are open to trading their first round pick. Particularly, the franchise is looking to trade further down in the draft.
Trading the pick is what makes the most sense for the Dubs. They can exchange this asset for a more experienced player that can help them compete right away. By swapping picks with another team the Warriors can also secure a young prospect to develop throughout the next few years.
All of these conflicting reports are likely an attempt to keep other teams guessing. The Warriors need to maintain power in order to negotiate with their pick. Value is added to their pick if other teams think the Dubs are locked in on a certain top prospect.
Whether or not the Warriors trade the pick is yet to be seen. However, these reports are the only ones that have been consistent lately.