Warriors officially keeping this year's first-round pick

Warriors' Bob Myers

The Warriors' first-round pick this year is theirs to keep.

The Los Angeles Lakers' narrow win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday ensured Golden State won't conclude the season with a top-10 record, and thus won't have to convey its 2021 NBA Draft first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Lakers' win was their 40th of the season, and nine other teams have crossed that threshold. The Warriors can win no more than 39 games this season.

Last November, the Warriors traded a top-20 protected first-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for Kelly Oubre Jr. Because Golden State won't have a top-10 record, Oklahoma City Thunder will receive the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 second-rounder that the Warriors acquired last year when trading for Andrew Wiggins.

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With the status of their draft own draft pick settled, the Warriors' attention shifts to the Timberwolves'.

As part of the trade that also sent D'Angelo Russell to Minnesota, Golden State acquired a top-three protected first-round pick. The Timberwolves currently have the NBA's sixth-worst record, giving the Warriors just a 9.6 percent chance of landing a top-five pick under the lottery odds. The pick only has a 0.1 percent chance of ending up at No. 10.

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