The Golden State Warriors are scavenging the playing field for any team that is willing to do their bidding in the 2021 NBA Draft. In a last-second turn, the Utah Jazz are emerging as a potential suitor.
As Jonathan Givony of ESPN reported, the Jazz are looking to shed one of their veteran contracts in exchange for a draft pick. This puts the Warriors in a prime position to offer one (or both) of their lottery picks for a wing such as Joe Ingles or Bojan Bogdanovic.
The Golden State Warriors should be calling up the Utah Jazz to make a deal on NBA Draft night for one of their veteran wings.
The value of adding Ingles or Bogdanovic is immense for the Warriors. Both of these forwards can play multiple roles, acting as versatile connectors for whatever lineup the Dubs toss out onto the court.
Last season, Bogdanovic posted 17.0 points per game on 39 percent 3-point shooting while Ingles averaged 12.1 points and 4.7 assists on a red-hot 45.1 percent clip from behind the arch. They each pose similar offensive skillsets and can hold their own defensively.
This makes the two of them an interesting target for Golden State who could use additional depth at the wing. Especially, if Kelly Oubre Jr. plans on leaving in free agency. This even opens up the potential dream deal of swapping Oubre via sign-and-trade for one of Bogdanovic or Ingles. Though this is more unlikely, it does provide a win for each side.
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Overall, the Warriors have exactly what Utah wants in two lottery picks. And, in turn, the Jazz have the type of savvy veteran contributors that the Dubs are desperate to add ahead of their run for the playoffs. While it might be odd for two contending teams to lend a helping hand to each other — it truly makes sense for both parties to do business on NBA Draft night.