Report: Warriors not expected to draft center with No. 2 pick


The Los Angeles Lakers now are at the top of the NBA, and they aren't going to be fading anytime soon.

As the Warriors look to bounce back into title contention next season, they know they have to get bigger in order to contend with a Lakers team that used their size to bully their way to a title.

The Warriors have Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss on the roster, but will look to add another big man to their roster during the offseason. But that center help won't come via the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, sources told The San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau.

"Everyone I’ve talked to in the organization doesn’t feel comfortable spending the kind of money associated with an early lottery pick on a center when Golden State prefers to play a position-less, up-tempo style," Letourneau wrote. "Odds are that the Warriors will round out their center rotation in free agency."

James Wiseman is the top center in the 2020 class followed by Onyeka Okongwu. The Warriors reportedly are looking to focus on a wing in the draft with Anthony Edwards, Deni Avdija, Tyrese Haliburton and Devin Vassell among the players they've been linked to.

The Warriors reportedly are interested in signing free-agent center Dwight Howard this offseason. Howard, who was on the scrap heap last offseason, might have resurrected his career with the Lakers this past season when he bought in as key role player on a title time.

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As of right now, Edwards, Wiseman and LaMelo Ball are seen as the top three prospects in the draft class. The Warriors are not expected to be interested in Ball and it appears Wiseman also is off the table. If Edwards is selected No. 1 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves or whatever team they trade the pick to, the Warriors likely will look to trade back a few places in order to collect an extra asset and still get a player that his high on their board.

With a healthy Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors should be right back in the thick of the NBA title chase next season. If they can round out their roster with a good young draft pick and some ring-hunting veterans, they should be the greatest threat to a Lakers repeat.

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