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Why Mullin thinks Warriors shouldn't trade Klay for Giannis

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Now that the Warriors know where they will be drafting, their offseason plan can start to take shape.

The Warriors landed the No. 2 pick in Thursday night's 2020 NBA Draft Lottery, with the Minnesota Timberwolves landing the No. 1 pick. With no clear superstar atop the draft, the Warriors are in a good position to either trade down in the draft or put the No. 2 pick in a package that lands them a superstar like Giannis Antetokounmpo or Joel Embiid. Talk of Antetokounmpo landing with the Warriors has been circulating for months as Warriors fans dream of landing another top-flight superstar to pair with Steph Curry.

Landing Antetokounmpo -- should he ask to leave the Milwaukee Bucks -- would obviously cost a hefty price. In order to make the financials work, any realistic deal for Antetokounmpo likely would involve Klay Thompson heading back to Milwaukee along with a host of picks. But any deal that involves Thompson leaving the Warriors is a non-starter for former Warriors and NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Chris Mullin.

"No because then you have to go looking for shooting again," Mullin said on the Runnin' Plays podcast when asked if the Warriors should trade Thompson for Antetokounmpo.

Mullin makes a good point. While pairing Antetokounmpo and Curry together would be a dream, losing Thompson would leave the Warriors with a massive hole on the wing and force them to try and fill it with a lesser shooter than Thompson.

 

Would surrounding Curry, Antetokounmpo and Green with replacement level wings really be the wisest course of action? It's a hard call, one Myers will have to make if the opportunity to acquire Antetokounmpo ever presents itself.

Of course, the argument could be made that Thompson, who is 30 years old and coming off a torn ACL, is well worth the price of acquiring a likely soon-to-be two-time NBA MVP in his prime who can take the mantle from Curry and extend the dynasty past the prime of the Warriors' current core.

This calculation for the Warriors only is necessary, of course, if the Bucks flame out in the playoffs, Antetokounmpo refuses to sign his max extension and Milwaukee finds itself in a bind. We're a long way from any of that becoming a reality.

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There's also the loyalty factor to think about.

While loyalty in sports is rare, Thompson built the Warrior dynasty right alongside Curry and Draymond Green. He will one day have a statue outside of Chase Center and his number will hang in the rafters. He still is firmly in his prime and is ready to prove all of the Warriors' doubters wrong next season.

He should finish his career as a Warrior on his own terms, just like Curry. He is, as Mullin believes, untouchable.