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Should Warriors keep or trade Andrew Wiggins if they win NBA Draft Lottery?

Should Warriors keep or trade Andrew Wiggins if they win NBA Draft Lottery?

We're just a short time into Andrew Wiggins' Warriors tenure, but it already appears to be a genius move by Bob Myers.

But will the Warriors hold onto Wiggins? That might depend on if the ping-pong balls bounce their way. 

Should Golden State, who has the worst record in the NBA, win the draft lottery, at least some league executives believe the Dubs will try to extend their championship window with Wiggins and the No. 1 pick, ESPN's Tim Bontemps wrote Thursday.

"Most league executives expect the Warriors to package their assets in search of a fourth star. However, some believe Golden State wouldn't mind rolling with Wiggins and a couple of high-ceiling prospects to extend a dynastic run as the championship core ages," Bontemps wrote.

Of course, the majority are on the other side of the equation. Whispers of the Warriors trying to package Wiggins, along with the first-round draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves, in a trade for Giannis Antetokounmpo already have started to circulate as the Dubs' desire to grab the Greek Freak is well known. 

Steph Curry (31), Klay Thompson (30) and Draymond Green (29) are entering the twilight of their prime, so the Warriors must find a player or players for them to pass the baton to. Antetokounmpo is the obvious dream fans salivate over, but that feels like a reach.

Could the Warriors trade Wiggins, the No. 1 pick and a future pick for say ... Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal or Aaron Gordon? Perhaps. Would it be worth it? Nope.

Wiggins, through four games in the Bay, has looked like a completely different player. He's averaging 22.7 points per game while shooting 57.9 percent overall and 52.6 percent from 3-point range. The one-way ticket out of the toxic environment of Minnesota seems to have given the 24-year-old new life.

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If Wiggins can thrive alongside Curry when he returns later this season and take another step forward when Thompson comes back next year, then he could be primed to take the reins from the Warriors' Big Three once they begin to fade. Wiggins, along with the likes of Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman or LaMelo Ball, along with another top pick in either 2021 or '22 depending on the T-Wolves' record, would set the Warriors up for prolonged success well into the 2020s.

An unlocked and reenergized Wiggins paired with perhaps two other stars -- should the Warriors nail the picks -- is the perfect way to transition from one era of dominance to another.

If the Warriors win the NBA Draft Lottery this year, there's no reason to trade Wiggins and two top picks for anyone who isn't Giannis.

How Steph Curry played in back-to-back vs. Rockets, Spurs in NBA 2K sim

How Steph Curry played in back-to-back vs. Rockets, Spurs in NBA 2K sim

Editor’s note: With the NBA season halted over coronavirus concerns, Warriors fans have unanswered questions about the team and how it’s building toward the future. To provide answers, NBC Sports Bay Area will simulate some previously scheduled Warriors games through NBA 2K, mixing video-game results with real-life insights for our coverage team.

A number of tests needed to be passed for Steph Curry to be fully integrated back into the Warriors' lineup. Among them was how Curry would play on the road during a back-to-back.

In the virtual world of NBA 2K20, he flourished under the circumstance, leading the Warriors in blowout victories over the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.

Over the two-game stretch, Curry accumulated 71 points while shooting 60 percent from the field. During the first game of the Texas Two-Step, Curry exploded for 45 points against the Rockets, including 18 in the third quarter, helping the Warriors beat Houston 110-93. A night later, he added 26 points, as the Warriors handily beat the Spurs 108-100.

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Curry's digital outburst came during a unique time for the guard. After missing three months with a broken hand, the former MVP played his first game back from injury March 5. As Curry approached his return, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed caution when asked how he'd bring his star guard back into the fold, making the virtual back-to-back uncertain. However, Curry pushed back on the notion of sitting out games down the stretch.

In any case, Curry's digital availability worked out for his newest teammate Andrew Wiggins. Alongside Curry, Wiggins scored 36 points against the Spurs, including 18 points in the first quarter. Nearly two months ago, Wiggins was acquired in large part due to his perceived fit alongside Curry. In their lone real-world experience playing together, the duo combined for 62 points. If virtual play is any indication, Curry and Wiggins are adjusting well to each other's games.

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While the two-game stretch was promising, it might not be realistic. Entering league suspension, the Warriors were the worst team in the league, even with Curry on the active roster. While Curry's 2K play was encouraging, he'd still be playing without Klay Thompson, who was going to miss the rest of the season rehabbing a surgically repaired left knee. Additionally, Wiggins' propensity of inconsistent play could hinder a team trying to find rhythm heading into next season.

But as we've found out over the years, Curry makes any team he's on better, whether in actual or virtual reality.

Watch Warriors' Steph Curry surprise random person on Instagram Live

Watch Warriors' Steph Curry surprise random person on Instagram Live

Steph Curry is using his time while the NBA season is indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to make this unprecedented situation a little bit easier on everyone.

Earlier this week, he held a live Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to help spread the word to thousands of people as to how to help flatten the curve of the pandemic.

Curry has also provided some laughs through his comedic commentary on other player's workouts, as well as through his own child's personal evaluation of him as a substitute teacher.

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On Saturday, Curry added to the smiles when he surprisingly joined someone's Instagram Live.

As you can see -- and hear -- it was quite the pleasant surprise.

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Curry told the hosts that he had been watching them all day. With so much additional time on his hands, he has to fill it somehow, but it's great to see that he continues to use it to brighten others' days.