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Is it worth it for the Warriors to trade or buy into the NBA Draft?

The NBA Draft is a day away. The Golden State Warriors have all of zero draft picks. Is it worth getting one?


So often, humans are enamored with the immediate actions and instant gratifications of what is possible rather than what is necessary. To unpack one's motivation to succeed isn't necessarily along the same lines as one's ability to simply change their machinations. The NBA Draft and the offseason is the muse to these instances; a period where fans want their favorite teams do things because it's something to do.

Is MIchael Kidd-Gilchrist on the market? Go get him! We should dangle Harrison Barnes in a sign-and-trade to go get Andre Iguodala! How about Kevin Garnett if he doesn't retire or stay with the Boston Celtics?

These hopes, or shameless plots are what makes sports fun, but also what makes our expectations so unrealistic. For most people, including myself, there's an inclination to always shift assets, explore different schemes and never linger on a singular ideal. After a fantasy football draft, I can't wait to see what my first round pick will render on the open market; knowing full well that there's two months before the season and it's unlikely trade value shifts dramatically in such a short period of time. We wheel-and-deal, so to speak, in our own fantasy land, because we enjoy the feelings of controlling of our own franchise.

The Warriors own nary a draft pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, but this hasn't stopped fans from wondering if Bob Myers might buy into the draft, trade David Lee for a first-round pick, or whatever vaguely realistic trade proposal is out there. The willingness to shift according to the ever-changing landscape of other basketball teams makes up the common denominator of offseason infatuations. In what was termed as an "NFC West arms race", San Francisco 49ers fans felt gratified when they acquired Anquan Boldin after the Seattle Seahawks had just traded for Percy Harvin. The feeling resumed when the 49ers counteredd by the Seahawks signing several star defensive ends by landing themselves a star cornerback and fan-favorite Marcus Lattimore.

The Warriors have stood pat so far in the offseason, and although it's just begun, it's unlikely they'll make a splash in free agency, or in trades, because of their limited cap space. Thus, the only time the Dubs can make headlines or appease fans that get antsy, is by buying a draft pick and perhaps selecting a semi-famous name like Peyton Siva, Nate Wolters or Rudy Gobert.

Bob Myers has a history, albeit a short one, of doing this, as he bought the 52nd overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks in last year's draft and took Ognjen Kuzmic—a player that will play in next month's Summer League. The Warriors, with just their team as is, is pushing right against the cap, this assuming that Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry will both leave, according to HoopsHype.

However, most of that money is going to players that will become unrestricted free agents next year, and the Warriors could just re-sign Jack, buy into the draft to select a developmental player (perhaps Gobert) they covet and worry about the ramifications next year when relief is coming.

But is it worth it?

Most second round picks rarely perform above expectations in the league, or even make it onto a roster. There are exceptions like Monta Ellis, Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons and even Draymond Green, but if the Warriors are making a move just to make one, there shouldn't be a need to appease in the way that brings flashbacks to the past.

This draft-day dilemma, in a vacuum, probably doesn't have long-term ramifications, but it's a process we should pay attention to in understanding how Bob Myers operates. In his time as the Warriors' GM, he's worked with less than desired circumstances; but in two drafts, a contract extension and one trade, he's turned around a franchise known for its inept management and lackadaisical coaching.

The question doesn't become if the the draft pick is worth buying but if this fits into how Bob Myers operates in his pragmatic maneuvers. Signs point to his aggression as a beneficial trait, so far, and if that's the case, it shouldn't surprise us if the Warriors do acquire someone on Thursday.

Said player might never make an impact in a gold and blue uniform but Myers' process has navigated the Warriors to much desired results.

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