It’s finally time for the 2020 NBA Draft, and we’re only five months tardy. Later on today we’ll learn what the Golden State Warriors decide to do with their No. 2 overall pick, but until then, we some very interesting news.
According to a report from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Warriors have been in discussions with the Chicago Bulls about a draft day trade. The trade centers around the Warriors sending the No. 2 pick to Chicago in exchange for the No. 4 pick and big man Wendell Carter Jr.
The report was confirmed by Connor Letourneau, the Warriors beat reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, who noted that the Dubs would likely then use the No. 4 pick on Deni Avdija or Tyrese Haliburton.
I’ve confirmed that the Warriors have been discussing this potential deal with the Bulls. Would make a lot of sense for Golden State: They get their center of their future in Wendell Carter Jr., and they still get someone they like — probably Deni or Haliburton — at No. 4. https://t.co/6EGAad76J4— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) November 18, 2020
Carter would be a tremendous get for the Warriors, who are openly in search of some frontcourt help. The 6’9” center was the No. 7 pick in 2018, and averaged 11.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game a year ago, with a 59.0% true-shooting percentage, and some very strong defense.
He’s still young, but he’s not a project. And there’s reason to think he could take a leap when playing on the Warriors, as opposed to the dysfunctional and poorly-coached Bulls teams of the last two years.
On Tuesday I wrote about the prospect of the Warriors trading down in the draft, and these reports suggest that it’s a very possible scenario. If Golden State isn’t as high on the consensus top prospects in the draft, they can leverage that to their advantage and move down a few spots, pick up a valuable asset, and still draft the player they initially wanted.
And Carter sure would look good in a Dubs jersey.