The Warriors could be welcoming a pair of top-14 draft picks into the locker room this offseason, but the organization isn't putting too much pressure on whoever winds up being selected during the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers -- in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports Bay Area following Tuesday night's NBA draft lottery -- explained why the Warriors will be setting realistic expectations for the two rookies it ends up selecting in the first round of this year's draft.
"We don't need these guys to be the reason we win or lose, we just want them to help. We're not drafting whoever we draft to be the best player on our team, on a team that has Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, even (Andrew) Wiggins, very good NBA player," Myers told Bonta Hill, Chris Mullin and Dorell Wright. "So, we're not drafting for that, we're drafting him to help now, and then in the future, they can take over those reins from these guys that are the mature guys now."
The Warriors could add two highly-touted rookies to the rotation with the seventh and 14th overall picks in the late-July draft, but many fans hope Myers and the front office can utilize one or both of the selections to make a trade for a current NBA player.
Myers was asked about the decision between drafting two younger players or making a deal for a more proven veteran talent, and said he and his staff still have to evaluate all the variables.
"It depends," Warriors general manager Bob Myers told the media following the lottery. "If that's the best thing to do, that's what we'll do.
"But it depends. Some guys are older that can help you more and there are young guys, young guys that can help you. But then you weigh it against what you can do with those picks and I have no idea right now what we can do with 14 or seven or them together, and I'm sure we'll find out and make the best decision we can."
The Warriors ultimately chose to build toward the future with their No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, selecting James Wiseman, who had just three college games under his belt before coming to Golden State.
Will they make the same decision this time around?
Only time will tell.