Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green reportedly want the Warriors' front office to push all their chips into the middle of the table.
The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II reported Thursday night, citing sources, that the Warriors' core three "have made it clear to management they want the franchise to focus on the pursuit of a championship, even to consider using their two lottery picks to get someone who can help immediately."
The Warriors hold the No. 7 and No. 14 overall picks in next week's NBA draft, and they reportedly have been shopping the two lottery picks in an attempt to upgrade the roster with an established star. So far, no deal has materialized, but they still have a week until the July 29 draft.
So who would the Warriors go get in this scenario? Thompson II reported that Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is at the top of the team's wishlist, if the All-Star finally decides he wants out of D.C.
Thompson II reported that Beal is considered the "best player and best fit for the Warriors among the players who could potentially be available this offseason."
As of right now, Beal hasn't requested a trade from the Wizards.
As has been widely reported and Thompson II confirms, the Warriors would have to part ways with Andrew Wiggins to make the money work in a potential Beal trade. And Thompson II reported that Golden State likely would have to include additional future draft assets in the deal.
And while the Warriors would love to hold on to 2020 No. 2 overall draft pick James Wiseman, Thompson II reported that the Wizards would want the 20-year-old to be included in the trade.
Does a core four of Curry, Thompson, Green and Beal give the Warriors a better chance to win the 2021-22 NBA championship than a roster that with Wiggins, Wiseman and two 2021 lottery picks? That's the question team president Bob Myers and his front office have to answer over the next week.
Beal (31.3 points per game) finished second to Curry (32.0) in the 2020-21 NBA scoring race. The 28-year-old was named to his third All-Star team and was selected to the All-NBA Third Team.
The former No. 3 overall pick will begin a two-year, $72 million contract extension this upcoming season. Wiggins has two years and roughly $65 million left on his contract with the Warriors.
Beal spent a little time around Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr during Team USA's Olympic exhibition slate in Las Vegas before leaving the squad and entering the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols.
It remains to be seen if Green and Kerr had enough time to get in Beal's ear to try to recruit him to the Bay Area, but with just a week remaining until the draft, we should find out soon enough.