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Warriors have number of potential trade options in 2020 NBA Draft

Warriors have number of potential trade options in 2020 NBA Draft

The Warriors are entering a crucial offseason as they look to restart their dynasty after their pause year.

A lot of that work will come in relation to their top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Thanks to an NBA-worst 15-50 record, the Warriors have a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, a 13.4 percent chance at getting the No. 2 pick and a 12.7 percent chance at getting the No. 3 overall pick. Unfortunately for the Warriors, there is no transformative talent in the 2020 class. There is no Zion Williamson, no Anthony Davis, no LeBron James.

There are varying opinions on the top of the board, which means if the Warriors are high on a prospect most have down their board, it could be prudent for them to try and trade out of their top pick to move down and acquire more valuable assets.

A draft trade for the Warriors could take a few forms. The one most fans want to see likely would involve them packaging the top pick in a trade for another All-Star, sending Andrew Wiggins along with the pick.

But as opposed to seasons past, there are no disgruntled stars angling for a change right now. Bradley Beal has trade restrictions, but could become an option if those are lifted. Giannis Antetokounmpo remains a pipe dream.

If the Philadelphia 76ers implode in the Disney World Cup NBA playoffs, could they look to move on from Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons? It feels like they'd make a change at coach first and try to run it back with their core before hitting the eject button.

There just aren't that many star options out there, but things could always change so it's worth keeping an eye out.

The Warriors' second and more likely draft trade scenario would have them moving down the draft board to acquire future draft assets or young players that can either play a role immediately or be flipped in a future deal.

ESPN's Bobby Marks likened this to the New Orleans Pelicans situation from last year when they traded the No. 4 overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks for the Nos. 8 and 16 picks. If the Warriors don't land the No. 1 pick and view the options down the draft board -- Tyrese Haliburton, Isaac Okoro, etc. -- as better options than a James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards or LaMelo Ball, then Marks thinks there are a few teams that make sense as trade partners for the Warriors.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, who are in the No. 4 and No. 16 draft slots pre-lottery, could be a potential trade partner if the Warriors land at No. 2. The T-Wolves could send both first-round picks to the Warriors to move up a few slots and take one of the top prospects, giving Golden State two first-round swings at prospects who can help them win now.

Another potential option is the New York Knicks, who own the No. 5 and No. 25 picks pre-lottery and also have an unprotected 2021 first-round pick from the Dallas Mavericks and a top-10 protected 2023 pick. They also have young players like Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina. Could a package around those assets intrigue the Warriors?

Marks also pinpoints the Chicago Bulls -- who own the No. 7 pick and have a host of young players including Lauri Markkanen -- and the Detroit Pistons, who currently are slated for the No. 5 pick and have shooting guard Luke Kennard.

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The Warriors also have their $17.2 million trade exception from the Andre Iguodala trade that they can use to bring in an established veteran to help solidify their bench. The Warriors could package some of their draft assets -- either their first-round pick or their second-round picks -- with that exception in order to acquire a bigger name like Marcus Smart or Jonathan Isaac.

President of basketball operations Bob Myers has a variety of options in front of him as he looks to retool the Warriors' roster in order to maximize the remaining prime years of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The 2020 NBA Draft and how the Warriors navigate it will be a big piece to their dynastic restart.

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals two 'sleeper' teams in Orlando bubble

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals two 'sleeper' teams in Orlando bubble

Who is going to reach the 2020 NBA Finals?

The majority of the basketball world believes the LA Clippers or Los Angeles Lakers will advance from the Western Conference, and either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors will punch the Eastern Conference's ticket.

Is there a "sleeper" in the West who could shock everybody? According to Warriors forward Draymond Green, that team is the Houston Rockets.

"They got Russ (Russell Westbrook), they got James (Harden) -- who obviously can both go for 40 or 50 on any given night," he said on "The Steam Room" podcast. "They got a bunch of shooters and they're going to create proglems for people, because they're playing this switching defense.

"And the first thing that people try to do -- we saw it the other day -- you try to pound the ball inside. You're not just gonna run James Harden over on the post. You're not just gonna run P.J. Tucker over. A lot of teams will make that mistake and Houston can be really sneaky."

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And the Miami Heat are Draymond's sleeper pick in the East.

"They play really hard, they got guys that are tied together," the three-time NBA champion explained. "They got my guy Andre (Iguodala), who we know during the Finals and playoffs is great. The only thing with the Heat is they struggle at times to find consistent scoring.

"But they got a lot of talent, a lot of pieces."

[RELATED: Why Draymond is 'strongly against' a second NBA bubble]

Yours truly wouldn't be shocked at all if the Rockets reach the NBA Finals, but would be stunned if the Heat get that far. 

But ultimately, anything can happen when there is no homecourt advantage.

The playoffs are going to be a blast.

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Warriors' Draymond Green explains why he doesn't miss basketball now

Warriors' Draymond Green explains why he doesn't miss basketball now

Draymond Green last played in an NBA game Feb. 27. And he was on the court only for 10 minutes because he was ejected in the second quarter.

The Warriors forward last played at least 30 minutes in a game on Feb. 12, which was Golden State's final game before the All-Star break.

As you know, the Dubs are not playing in the Orlando bubble. And it's highly unlikely they participate either in a second bubble in Chicago or in a team minicamp at Chase Center.

So what has it been like for Draymond with nothing to do basketball wise?

"Honestly, it's been great," he told Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson on "The Steam Room" podcast. "I've had a lot of fun spending time with my family. I've gotten to know my fiancée better. I've gotten to know my kids better. That's been amazing.

"From a basketball standpoint -- I gotta be honest with you -- I don't necessarily miss playing basketball, because it's been such a long run that my body could use the break.

"But what I miss is competing at the highest level. The playoff basketball, playing in the Finals -- I miss that. Being able to compete at the highest level against the best players in the world."

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You can't blame the three-time NBA champion for wanting an extended breather. From 2015 to 2019, he suited up for 104 of the Warriors' 105 playoff games (he was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals), averaging 37.7 minutes per night.

Draymond has dealt with various ailments over the last couple of years, and needed to refresh his body and mind. He knows the Dubs still are months away from reconvening, and starting the quest to climb back to the top of the mountain.

[RELATED: Why Draymond is 'strongly against' a second NBA bubble]

But don't get it twisted. The 30-year-old is extremely motivated to be an All-Star again, and would love nothing more than to capture a fourth Larry O'Brien Trophy.

"When you go to the Finals, everybody is watching -- including the best basketball players in the world that (are not) in that game," he said. "That's always the most fun time to me, and I miss that."

If Draymond delivers on his personal goals, the Warriors just might get back to basketball's biggest stage in 2021.

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