As reported by Marc Stein of the New York Times on Friday, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob traveled to Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine while the team prepares for Game 3 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals.
The news there, of course, was that the Warriors’ contingent let Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey come along for the ride on their private jet shortly after Game 2 of the conference finals — there were no details released about what they talked about during the ride, but that sure would’ve been fun to hear about.
Anyway, Lacob was on ESPN2 yesterday while at the combine and discussed his impressions of the combine, how the Warriors make draft decisions, and — most newsworthy -- suggested that the Warriors could buy a second round pick again, as described by Karl Buscheck of 95.7 The Game.
“For us, it’s (players drafted) 20 to 40 or 20 to 50. Those are the players that are here to some extend,” Lacob explained. “And that’s where we are — 28. Maybe we’ll buy a second-round pick again. I’m very aggressive with respective to those, as you know.”
This should probably come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the Warriors since Joe Lacob bought the team — while there has been plenty of attention given to buying picks that brought Jordan Bell (2017) and Patrick McCaw (2016) to the Warriors, before that there were guys like Nemanja Nedovic (2013) and Jeremy Tyler (2011). There’s a whole history of draft day aggression during the Lacob era and given their current salary cap situation — they have four All-Stars to pay and a rotation around them — the draft is essential for finding talent that doesn’t demand another hefty contract.
It would be sort of silly not to expect them to aim for another pick this year.
This was apparently only Lacob’s second time attending the combine and the first time that he actually sat in on all the interviews instead of just a select few.
The whole interview is interesting just in terms of hearing his thoughts about how he evaluates players, makes decisions along with Bob Myers, and how Boston Celtics general manage Danny Ainge referred Myers to Lacob.