Draft insiders lay out two-trade plan for Golden State Warriors to land a star

Jonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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It’s possible that new Golden State Warriors‘ general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. will be conservative in his first weeks on the job. He might hammer out a new contract with Draymond Green, draft a shooter at pick No. 19, and sign some helpful veterans to minimum contracts this summer to make another run at it next season with the same core group.

It’s also possible that he might come in ready to make a major shakeup. He has been a part of the  organization for years, and has seen how his predecessor Bob Myers balanced measured moves with larger swings. Sometimes you stay patient, and sometimes it’s time to trade James Wiseman for Gary Payton II, or flip D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins.

The future of the Warriors is a hot topic right now

The NBA world is a maelstrom of rumors right now, from the NBA Draft to the trade market, and the Warriors are a prominent part of those rumors. Everyone wants to know what they are going to do this summer. That’s what happens when you reach the NBA Finals six times in eight years; your future matters.

ESPN Draft Insider Jonathan Givony reported this week that the Warriors are interested in trying to acquire a high pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and that Jonathan Kuminga might be the way they get there. It’s possible that Golden State simply like a prospect in the Top 10, but it’s also very possible that there is a larger plan at work.

Let’s break down this two-step plan for the Warriors to get from Kuminga to a star.