Wojnarowski: Warriors Weighing Dion Waiters, Harrison Barnes, Or Trading Down In 2012 NBA Draft

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Syracuse guard Dion Waiters could be selected as high as fourth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

If he falls past the fourth pick, the Warriors will likely choose between Waiters, Harrison Barnes, and trading down with UConn's Andre Drummond sounding like more and more of an outside possibility.

There’s a small pocket of Golden State management that’s a proponent of drafting UConn center Andre Drummond with the seventh pick, but several Warriors officials are less enthusiastic about him. Waiters has strong support among the Warriors' front office and coaching staff, along with North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. Waiters' ability to attack the basket and get to the foul line is appealing for a Golden State team that ranked among the league’s worst in free-throw attempts. Golden State has also shown a willingness to trade the No. 7 pick and move back in the first-round if none of the team's desired targets are available. The Warriors also own the 30th pick.

As mentioned previously on this site, Jerry West was pretty explicit on CSN Bay Area last night about wanting "toughness" and not wanting someone they would have to wait on to contribute, which would seem to suggest that Drummond is not the preference as Marcus Thompson II reported yesterday.

Oakland native and Weber State guard Damian Lillard, who has also been linked to the Warriors at #7 in recent weeks, could go as high as the fifth pick but might be in the mix in the event that both Barnes and Waiters are off the board.

Of course, if Barnes and Waiters are both off the board, that could mean that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is still on the board and if he doesn't fit the description laid out by West it's not clear who does. With the Toronto Raptors jockeying to leap frog the Warriors, as reported by Wojnarowski, Waiters might have provided the perfect smokescreen for Kidd-Gilchrist to fall.

To get updates on Warriors draft rumors throughout the day, check out SB Nation Bay Area's storystream. For general NBA Draft rumors, check out SBN NBA's storystream.

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