The Warriors’ front office lived off its 2012 second-round pick of Draymond Green for years, getting widespread credit for its scouting prowess and decision making.
But for a while after that selection, Golden State whiffed on supposed diamonds in the rough. Its all-time great dynasty minimized the importance of the draft, and the struggles of Damian Jones, Jacob Evans, Patrick McCaw and others flew under the radar.
Injuries to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson last year, and an ensuing 15-50 record mostly without them on the floor, made it clear the Warriors must fortify their future now to avoid a painful rebuild later. Nabbing Eric Paschall in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft was a great start. But what happens in the 2020 NBA Draft Wednesday, when the Warriors have the No. 2 overall pick, will be the greatest determinant of what comes next for the franchise.
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There’s a wide range of possibilities for Golden State to pursue on Wednesday. It could choose someone from what’s viewed as a weak draft class — perhaps Anthony Edwards or LaMelo Ball — or it could trade its pick in a package for an established NBA player.
Below is a running tracker of Warriors rumors as Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft approaches:
Golden State Warriors draft rumors
All times ET.
8:43 p.m.: Wiseman’s contract is four years, $39.6 million, per Bobby Marks.
8:29 p.m.: Golden State’s excitement tonight is likely over barring an unexpected deal involving Wiseman.
8:15 p.m.: The Warriors have drafted James Wiseman. They decide to hold onto their pick and draft a position of need.
8:09 p.m.: The Timberwolves have drafted Anthony Edwards. The Warriors are on the clock.
8:04 p.m.: Minnesota is officially on the clock.
8 p.m.: The Timberwolves are shopping the No. 1 pick down to the wire, according to ESPN. Perhaps a team that fails to make something happen with Minnesota will move on to Golden State.
7:45 p.m.: The draft begins in 15 minutes. Still no trade in place.
7 p.m.: Thompson couldn’t put pressure on his leg following his workout injury, according to multiple reports.
5:30 p.m.: Klay Thompson apparently suffered an injury today, but it’s not clear how serious it is.
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5:02 p.m.: A Marcus Smart to Golden State deal has reportedly been discussed but doesn’t have traction.
5 p.m.: Still no updates on the trade front for the Warriors. That Bulls proposal does sound enticing for them if it’s legitimate.
8:23 a.m.: The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Warriors have been in discussion with the Bulls on a deal that would send the No. 2 overall pick to Chicago for Wendell Carter Jr. and the No. 4 overall pick.
10:15 p.m.: Assistant general manager Larry Harris said earlier this week that the amount of trade calls taking place is “heavier than I can ever remember in the past.”
10:11 p.m.: The Athletic also points out the Warriors could trade down in the draft rather than moving out of it entirely. Such a move would net less of a player return than it would have otherwise, but it would allow the team to insert a first-round rookie into the roster.
10:10 p.m.: The Athletic has floated the idea of Marc Gasol signing with the Warriors as a free agent if the team doesn’t draft a center.
10:00 p.m.: The San Francisco Chronicle’s mock draft has the Warriors taking Anthony Edwards from Georgia with the No. 2 pick. It has reported on several occasions that the team is leaning away from big man James Wiseman, who fits a positional hole but not be the style of player to fit in Golden State’s system.