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Wiggins one of Warriors' 'core four' players, Myers says

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Over the last several months, people all across the basketball world have offered their opinion on how good the Warriors will be next season.

And for the most part, they cite Golden State's "core three" players: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Some then will mention Andrew Wiggins, and explain why they believe he will thrive in a Dubs uniform.

But the presence of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft does not result in the Warriors having a "core four," right?

Wrong, according to general manager Bob Myers.

"We're gonna go into this in-market bubble in a few weeks and watch what our core-four guys look like -- and I'm putting Wiggins in there," he told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Wednesday's episode of "The TK Show." "What does that even look like? Nobody has seen it. I haven't seen it, you haven't seen it, no coach has seen it, players haven't felt it.

"So in order to kind of move forward, we need to evaluate what we have -- and evaluate what that is. I'd be lying if I knew what it was. I have ideas of what it might be ... we need to see it, and that's why I'm excited about the weeks in September and early October to see some of it.

 

"The reason that's relevant is that's gonna give us a better sense of our team, and what we have and what that core looks like."

The Warriors expect Wiggins to become a legitimate lockdown defender, and bring much-needed versatility on the wing. Offensively, playing alongside Steph, Klay and Draymond should result in improved shooting percentages.

TNT's Kenny Smith recently went so far as saying the 25-year-old will be an All-Star in 2020-21.

But having said all of that, there is speculation that the Warriors will trade Wiggins at some point this offseason in the effort to acquire an established "star." His detractors claim the front office should seek avenues to unload the three years and nearly $95 million remaining on his contract.

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Will the aforementioned in-market bubble significantly impact Myers' perspective on Wiggins' future with the franchise? Have the Warriors already determined they will go into the 2020-21 season with Wiggins on board, because they truly want to see how all the pieces fit together?

The situation eventually will play itself out, and we will get answers to these questions. Everybody just needs to stay patient for at least a couple more months.

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