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NBA Draft 2019: Warriors acquire No. 41 overall pick in trade with Hawks

NBA Draft 2019: Warriors acquire No. 41 overall pick in trade with Hawks

The Warriors already are making draft-day moves.

In need of wing depth and shooting, the Warriors made a move to acquire the No. 41 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft from the Atlanta Hawks. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the trade.

With the futures of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both up in the air, the Warriors need to find a way to fill the roster with cheap talent.

After losing Kevin Durant (at least for the season if not forever) and Klay Thompson (likely until at least March), the five-time defending Western Conference champions will need to add some scoring around Steph Curry, who will have to carry a much heavier load next season.

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NBA draft day is just getting started.

Steve Kerr believes 'authentic' political voice reaches Warriors players

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Steve Kerr believes 'authentic' political voice reaches Warriors players

Throughout his tenure, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been a voice for social change, taking political positions in line with most of his player's interests, something he believes comes naturally. 

"It's nothing I've ever thought about," Kerr said during the latest episode of the 'Runnin Plays' Podcast. "It's authentic and as long as it's authentic, then I think it will reach players. If it's beneficial, if it helps then that's great but more than anything, it's just got to be real."

In recent years, Kerr has been outspoken on social issues of race and gun control. Following Friday's loss to the Heat, Kerr invited Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, to meet with the team. Fulton's son -- who was unarmed -- was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilty of second-degree murder. Last year, Kerr participated in a town hall meeting at Newark Memorial High School in the Bay Area to call for tougher gun laws.

"These last five years or so, the world has become a much more scary place. It's our country is in a much shakier place than we used to be, everything used to seem so solid," Kerr said. "Then in the last four or five years, it just seems like things are getting shakier and shakier and our foundation is so important and I think it's important for people to try to help maintain the foundation.

"And it sounds corny but we all play a role in that."

Much of Kerr's activism has come on Twitter. On the social network, Kerr frequently tweets and retweets articles criticizing current US President Donald Trump and his constituents, while advocating for gun control initiatives. During the podcast, Kerr said his use of the platform has evolved. 

"Twitter is dangerous," he said. "I've had to learn what to tweet, what not to tweet. I tend to retweet articles that I find really interesting to me. I started using Twitter as a news source more than anything. And then I started to realize the power of Twitter and how dangerous that was. And I saw how many people were getting themselves into trouble.

"And I'm sure I got myself into trouble a few times with it. So I've tried to be wise about it."

Kerr acknowledged that his current circumstances have been beneficial to his beliefs. Aside from being a part of an organization that encourages his right to speak out, he also lives in a liberal part of the country that typically agrees with his stances.

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"I'm lucky to ... basically when somebody comes up and compliments me about taking political stances or whatever I say, well 90 percent of the people around me seem to agree with me, in the Bay Area," Kerr said. "So it's that at heroic, it is nice. I mean, I love California, this is my home, grew up in Southern California but I've fallen in love with the Bay and I just believe in the values of this state and this area and it's a fun place to be and it's a great place to share a lot of the values that we do."

NBA teams 'terrified' of Warriors' 2020 draft pick, Tom Haberstroh says

NBA teams 'terrified' of Warriors' 2020 draft pick, Tom Haberstroh says

At the moment, the 4-19 Warriors are the furthest thing from terrifying.

But a year from now, things drastically could change and that has the rest of the NBA in a panic, according to NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh.

"The people I talk to around the league are really worried they are going to trade that first-round pick, the 2020 pick, because if they load up with an All-Star-type player with that pick, they are terrified," Haberstroh said during the Warriors-Hornets telecast on NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday. "Or if they land a Luka Doncic in the draft, they're terrified. So that 2020 pick, adding to the group they have established here with [Eric] Paschall stepping in right away, man, I think every team is going to try to do a gap year."

The Warriors are expected to have a healthy Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back next season to go along with Draymond Green, D'Angelo Russell and Kevon Looney. Paschall has burst on to the scene and looks like he could be an impact player on a title-contending team.

The Warriors also will have a taxpayer exception worth around $17 million and a taxpayer mid-level exception that they can use to sign established NBA players.

And then you throw in what is looking like a potential top-five 2020 draft pick, and wow. As Haberstroh says, the Warriors could trade that pick for an established star or they could hit the jackpot and draft an elite prospect to build around.

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The other 29 teams in the NBA have good reason to be worried. The Warriors could be scary again next season.

Now, we just have to get through the next five months.