Months before the Warriors officially landed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, various members of the franchise acknowledged they could end up trading away what was guaranteed to be a top-five pick.
And immediately after the Minnesota Timberwolves won the draft lottery back on Aug. 20, the franchise made it clear that trading the No. 1 overall pick truly was a distinct possibility.
Fast forward to present day, and that mentality has not changed.
“We’ve been having a lot of fun just thinking of all of the different possibilities that getting the No. 1 pick has presented us,” the T-Wolves' vice president of basketball operations Sachin Gupta recently told The Athletic's Jon Jon Krawczynski. "Trading back, trading out, trading for future with the quality of the upcoming drafts and the possibility of, at some point, the double draft.
"There’s just so much available to us.”
There also are myriad options this offseason for Golden State, who possesses the T-Wolves' top-three protected 2021 first-rounder (which becomes unprotected in 2022), and their 2021 second-rounder.
It is possible that Minnesota shopping the No. 1 pick affects the Warriors, and impacts what they end up doing at No. 2. But on the flip side, it's fair to believe that the T-Wolves' path probably won't have much of a bearing on the Dubs because the franchises aren't exactly on the same timeline.
The Warriors are in "win-now" mode, and are eager to vault themselves into championship contention next season. The expectation is that they have enough assets to acquire an established star, should a player of that caliber become available.
The T-Wolves, meanwhile, probably aren't in that market. They presumably would be looking to trade for an above-average role player (or two), and/or future draft compensation.
Nonetheless, the Warriors clearly will be monitoring developments related to Minnesota, and gathering as much intel as possible.
And who knows -- they worked together on the Andrew Wiggins-D'Angelo Russell trade in early February, and could end up working together again on some sort of transaction in the near future.
“We’re going to explore every and all opportunity among the other 29 teams,” T-Wolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas told The Athletic. “There will be no stone unturned, whether it’s a pick, it’s a trade or whatever we do with any of our resources going into this draft and going into this offseason.”