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Report: Warriors face 'cool' trade market for lottery picks

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The Warriors likely have been shopping their two lottery picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, but haven't gotten much return interest due to few impact players being available on the trade market, Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer reported Sunday citing league sources.

"Bob Myers' front office has felt a similarly cool market for their package of picks Nos. 7 and 14 as Philadelphia has for [Ben] Simmons. Canvassing sources around the league, it seems few veteran impact players are considered to be available at the moment," Fischer wrote Sunday morning.

In regards to Damian Lillard trade rumors, Fischer also reported that Warriors officials "have expressed doubt Lillard would eye Golden State as a destination."

The Warriors' stars reportedly have made the front office aware of their desire to see the team trade for a proven starter or star this offseason, with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal at the top of that reported wishlist.

Any trade for a starting-caliber player this offseason at least would require one of those lottery draft picks, and a player like Beal almost certainly would require both and a whole lot more.

The Warriors' seventh overall pick is just outside the top five, which is widely considered to be the elite tier 1 group of prospects from this year's class.

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Many teams likely aren't willing to part with a proven starter for an uncertain group of prospects below that top five.

Myers and the Warriors' front office will continue to work behind-the-scenes on a potential pre-draft trade, but it's seeming increasingly likely the organization will retain their two first-round selections and bring a pair of rookies into the fold this summer.

 

"I think we could see the most draft-night trades ever," one team's cap guru told Fischer, meaning that we could have to wait until Thursday night to see if the Warriors make a blockbuster trade.

This will be a big week for the future of the franchise.

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