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Report: Unanimous belief Dubs will try to trade No. 2 pick

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At this point, the NBA doesn't even know when the 2020 draft will be held. It is scheduled for Oct. 16, but the expectation is that it will be delayed at least several weeks.

So it's very understandable as to why nobody truly has any clue what the Warriors will do with the No. 2 overall pick (including Golden State).

But ESPN's Tim Bontemps has spoken with various team executives and scouts, and the intel points to a specific conclusion.

"People around the league are unanimous in thinking that the Warriors will do their best to pull off a trade," Bontemps writes.

If you've been following along the last six months or so, this really isn't a surprise. There is no consensus among prospects at the top of the draft, the Warriors are in "win-now" mode and various members of the franchise publicly have acknowledged that trading the pick is a legitimate possibility.

"What we have to weigh is -- are we looking for a player who is gonna help immediately because we feel like we've got this window the next few years?" coach Steve Kerr said in mid-March. "Are we gonna use the pick in a trade to try to trade for a vet who is ready to help us win right away?

"Or do you look at it long term -- because you know you want to be good for the next decade -- and you take a young player with a lot of potential who's maybe not ready to help us win yet, but you feel like could be a great player down the road?"

 

Owner Joe Lacob spoke about the topic a couple of weeks later.

"We're gonna look at all scenarios," he told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "Honestly. I'm not gonna hide this -- we're gonna look at drafting someone at our position. Maybe we trade down -- that's a possibility. I'm not saying it's preferred or not preferred. I'm just saying it's something we have to look at."

Trading down several spots would enable the Dubs still to draft somebody in the lottery, while also acquiring a rotation player and/or a future draft pick.

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Things won't crystallize for Golden State's front office until we learn more about the 2020-21 salary cap/luxury tax figures, and whether or not fans will be allowed in arenas next season. When these questions are answered, franchises finally will be able to map out their plans for the present and future.

Plain and simple, organizations are not going to make any major roster decisions until they have more information at their disposal. Until then, the Warriors' front office really can't determine what options are available. 

So the waiting game continues.

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