Dealing their 2020 first-round pick might not be the best option for the Golden State Warriors. Here are seven players they can target without using the pick.
For years, the Golden State Warriors played it safe and refused to make any seismic trades. Then, when injuries and free agency decisions led to their potential downfall in 2019, the franchise began making moves for survival.
With no other option, the Warriors traded Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets for D’Angelo Russell. In order to make things work financially, Andre Iguodala was also shipped to Memphis. By the trade deadline, Russell was flipped for Andrew Wiggins and a future first round pick. This frenzy of deals was necessary for the Warriors to keep themselves afloat.
As a result of the Iguodala trade, the Dubs will have a $17 million dollar exception to work with during the offseason. While their upcoming lottery pick is an obvious asset to be included in potential deals, there are also some serious problems in including this pick.
The Dubs could end up with the top pick in the draft. If this is the case, they will aim for someone big in exchange for the pick. However, most stars are making more than $17 million dollars a year and the Warriors don’t have any players outside of their core that they can offer to match salary.
Because of this, the Warriors may have to look for trades that don’t involve their first round pick. Today, we analyze seven players of lower value that they can target.