Dunleavy sheds light on Warriors' upcoming pre-draft process

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If you haven't already, you need to mark June 22 on your calendar.

That's the date for the NBA Draft Lottery, in which the Warriors will find out if they get the Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round pick this year, or if they instead own the rights to the T-Wolves' unprotected first-rounder in 2022.

The Warriors very much hope the dream of ending up with the No. 4 overall pick becomes a reality, but the numbers are not in their favor.

Regardless of how the ping pong balls bounce, the franchise will be able to host prospects at Chase Center during the pre-draft process.

"It looks like we're gonna be able to physically get with the players this year," assistant general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. explained Monday on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show. "We anticipate being able to bring players in to work out, to meet with, to test and do all that stuff.

"I think more or less it's back to business as usual. Things can always change, but the league has been very helpful and cooperative with being able to get guys into markets and work them out.

"We're excited to kind of return to normal."

No teams last year were able to bring players to their facilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so this is a very positive development.

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Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers believes that face-to-face interaction is very important when evaluating.

"I value body language, eye contact and those type of things," Myers said multiple times last summer when discussing the 2020 draft. "Even seeing a guy move within your own gym -- you want to see them.

"Even if it's 1-on-0. There's value in that."

In addition, Golden State's front office will be in Chicago next month for the combine.

For now, just focus on Wednesday's showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers in the play-in tournament.

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