Why Jeff Van Gundy believes Warriors trading draft pick great option

Why Jeff Van Gundy believes Warriors trading draft pick great option

To trade the high draft pick or not to the trade the high draft pick.

That is the question the Warriors' front office will have to answer once the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery finally happens and the franchise knows exactly where it's slated to pick.

NBA TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy admittedly doesn't watch much college basketball and isn't well-versed on this year's crop of draft prospects. So it's understandable why the former head coach spoke more passionately about the concept of the Warriors trading the selection.

"If you're Golden State -- (general manager) Bob Myers does such a great job, Steve Kerr is a terrific coach and they have the right best players because they're all in for the team -- but (Steph) Curry's not young," he said Tuesday on KNBR 680. "So if you could get the right trade for a great player to supplement what you have and boost your chances of winning it all now -- I think that's gonna be a very viable option for them. 

"Who that is -- I don't know."

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Steph -- who will turn 33 years old next March -- has two more years remaining on his contract ($43 million in 2020-21 and nearly $46 million in 2021-22).

Klay Thompson will be 31 in February and is coming off an ACL tear, while Draymond Green will turn 31 in March.

So one school of thought is to go "all in" during this window of opportunity. The other perspective is to restock the cupboard with a couple young lottery picks who can take the baton and lead the franchise into its next iteration.

Fortunately for the Warriors, they have multiple paths to choose from.

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"Ultimately, I think there are gonna be a lot of opportunities out there," Van Gundy said. "They had to withstand this season, but I have a feeling after they get through this, they're gonna come out with a terrific player in the draft or a package of players for that draft pick."

Don't forget that the Warriors will be able to improve the roster through two other mechanisms -- the taxpayer mid-level exception and a $17.2 million traded player exception from when they were forced to trade Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last summer.

"Man, they're gonna be hard to deal with next year," Van Gundy declared.

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Watch Steph Curry, Canelo Álvarez spar at celebrity golf tournament

Watch Steph Curry, Canelo Álvarez spar at celebrity golf tournament

Oh no! Steph Curry got in a sparring match.

Just kidding. But the Warriors superstar did have a fake fight with legendary boxer Canelo Álvarez while the two were waiting to play a practice round at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.

Canelo made Curry look the least athletic he probably has ever looked -- and that’s saying something. 

Canelo swiped from the left side at Steph and he couldn’t believe it. 

“You’re supposed to move, dude,” somebody shouted as Steph laughed. 

Canelo has just one loss across his career with 53 wins in 56 fights -- 36 of those wins by knockout. That’s probably why he’s dubbed the world’s best active boxer by BoxRec. 

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Glad it’s Steph and not me.

Don’t worry, nobody was hurt in the making of this Instagram story. 

Warriors 2020 NBA free agency targets: Five big men team could sign

Warriors 2020 NBA free agency targets: Five big men team could sign

The Warriors need to bolster their frontcourt this offseason.

They could do just that through the NBA draft, free agency or both.

Last week, Grant Liffmann listed some possible "under-the-radar" free-agents the front office could target. And Monte Poole, Kerith Burke, Liffmann and yours truly discussed those options this week on the latest "Warriors Roundtable."

It's very possible that general manager Bob Myers and his staff make it a priority to sign a player (or two) who is a threat from deep.

The plan was for Kevon Looney to add the 3-point shot to his game last year, but injuries derailed his season.

Marquese Chriss averaged 2.7 3-point attempts per game over his first two NBA seasons with the Phoenix Suns, but just shot 39 3s over 59 games with the Dubs in 2019-20 (he made eight).

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And Draymond Green -- who might end up playing more center in 2020-21 -- has not shot the ball consistently well from beyond the arc the last four regular seasons.

To see which big men the Warriors might be interested in adding this October, watch the full conversation above.

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