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Woj expects Warriors to use both picks in 2021 NBA Draft

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To trade or not to trade? That is the question the Warriors are facing going into the 2021 NBA Draft with two lottery picks. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski believes when it's all said and done, the Warriors will use both the No. 7 and No. 14 picks. 

"I think, like a lot of the league, Golden State's gonna wait and see how it goes with Bradley Beal," Wojnarowski said Sunday on ESPN's "Woj & Lowe Free Agency Special."

"But short of Bradley Beal being available, I expect Golden State to use those picks at seven and 14 this week."

Later in the show, Wojnarowski also said "Bradley Beal has not requested a trade from the Washington Wizards." That of course could change in the near future. Beal knows that if he wants to find a new home, he'll have to let the Wizards know before Thursday's draft. 

Golden State has been connected to a handful of stars in possible trades, including Beal, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons and Pascal Siakam. The player the Warriors seem to be willing to give up the most for is Beal. But they reportedly are facing a "cool" trade market with their two lottery picks. 

It's clear the Warriors want to compete next season after failing to make the playoffs for two straight seasons. Klay Thompson is expected to have a healthy return after missing the last two seasons to leg injuries, and Golden State doesn't want to waste the primes of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Thompson. 

 
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Can they do that through the draft? Perhaps with their first pick the Warriors will focus on high upside players like Jonathan Kuminga and James Bouknight before focusing on more win-now players like Chris Duarte and Trey Murphy with their second pick. 

Remember, plenty can change in the next four days.

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