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NBA mock draft: Warriors acquire Oubre from Suns, trade down

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The Warriors possess the rights to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and it's no secret they are going to shop it around to see what they possibly can get in return.

As a result, it's not a surprise that in a mock draft conducted this week by beat writers over at The Athletic, Anthony Slater has Golden State trading down.

The end result was the Warriors sending the second selection to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for the No. 10 overall pick and swingman Kelly Oubre.

"This gives the win-now Warriors an immediate rotation boost on the wing, where they’re desperate, and still a shot at a prospect in the back side of the lottery," Slater wrote.

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Who does Golden State nab at No. 10? Slater took Dayton big man Obi Toppin after his preferred choice, Florida State wing Devin Vassell, went off the board at No. 8.

When it comes to Oubre -- who is scheduled to make $14.4 million next season -- conventional wisdom suggests he will be highly motivated to have a great 2020-21 campaign since he will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

The No. 15 overall pick in the 2015 draft had a career year in 2019-20, averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from 3-point range (on 5.5 attempts).

 

Unfortunately, the 24-year-old underwent surgery in early March to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and did not suit up for the Suns' eight games in the Orlando bubble.

If the Warriors' front office is not concerned about Oubre's medicals, then perhaps ownership would be reluctant to go forward with this trade because of the financials. Although the Warriors are able to acquire Oubre via their $17.2 million trade exception, his addition would result in a greatly increased luxury tax bill.

Because of the pending economic consequences due to the coronavirus pandemic, it remains unclear just how aggressive Golden State will be when it comes to improving the roster.

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As for Toppin, although he is immensely talented offensively, practically every draft analyst has concerns about his defensive capabilities.

"Lacks a degree of versatility and upside on the defensive end," ESPN's Mike Schmitz writes. "Upright mover with choppy strides. Struggles to sit down and slide with perimeter forwards. Doesn't change direction all that well."

But he did average 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals per game last season, while shooting 39 percent from deep. Also, he can do this:

The Warriors have plenty of time to figure everything out, as the draft won't take place until Nov. 18.

Until then, there will be many more hypothetical trades to discuss.

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