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Dubs in-depth: Zach Lowe says Warriors tried to acquire All-NBA player for No. 2 pick

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The NBA Insider says Golden State hasn’t found a willing partner.

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We are less than two weeks away from the 2020 NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors hold the second pick and are at the forefront of trade rumors circulating league circles.

The Dubs have been the most talked about team since the NBA season ended. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green back in the fold, the franchise anticipates being back in the championship equation after using last season as a reset.

Golden State has been linked to several of the top prospects, but is also actively shopping the pick according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, who says the Warriors haven’t been able to find a trade partner.

Rarely have the No. 1 and 2 picks gone to teams in various win-now stages. Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have explored trading their picks for All-NBA-level stars, sources say, but no such deal appears (for now) likely to materialize. The Wizards have shown no interest in trading Beal for either pick, sources say. Ditto for Phoenix with Devin Booker and Philadelphia with Ben Simmons. Again: If Beal forces Washington’s hand, a package centered on the No. 1 pick is nothing to sneeze at. Players one tier down are probably not worth a top-two pick.

Bradley Beal will most likely start the season with the Washington Wizards, who want to see how things go with point guard John Wall returning from injury. It’s not surprising to see the Phoenix Suns balk at moving Devin Booker for the second pick, especially after how well they performed in the Orlando bubble. Ditto goes for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Dary Morey has two All-Star talents with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and the organization is in win-now mode. Without a sure-fire talent available, it’s hard to see any of the teams Lowe mentions be willing to part with a bonafide talent.

Another interesting tidbit from Lowe’s piece is the possibility of trading for Jrue Holiday, who would be a solid addition for the Dubs. Holiday is a very good player who would bring some scoring punch to the Warriors. The former All-Star averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists for the New Orleans Pelicans last season and had a 3.9 win share, tied for fourth-highest on the team. Holiday is 30 years old and is due just over $51 million over the next two years.

The issue is the money. Holiday’s contract is worth much more than the $17.2 million, so unless Andre Wiggins is included in the deal, general manager Bob Myers will have to get creative in getting Holiday from the Pelicans.

Lowe also goes over several trade scenarios involving Golden State, but none of them would move the needle much. He mentions the New York Knicks and potentially getting Kevin Knox Jr., plus a pair of Dallas Mavericks first-rounders. A package from the Detroit Pistons centered around Luke Kennard and the seventh selection, and a deal with the Sacramento Kings for a pair of big men. Again, nothing that would elevate the Warriors for next season.

At this point, unless the Dubs are trading for an All-Star level player, I think they will keep the pick. The feeling is that James Wiseman is at the top of Golden State’s board and unless a team leapfrogs the Warriors into the No. 1 slot to select the Memphis product, Wiseman could very likely end up in the Bay Area.


On to some links:

Could Wiseman prolong the Dubs window as a contender? Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer breaks down why landing with the Warriors is in Wiseman’s best interest.

What is Golden State’s biggest weakness heading into next season? Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report says keeping everyone healthy is at the top of the list.

Could the Warriors pull a surprise and take another prospect at No. 2? Matt Norlander of CBS Sports released his latest mock drafts and has the Dubs taking a high-scoring forward.