Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Juan Toscano-Anderson was fantastic in the Warriors' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.

He racked up 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal, and was a team-best plus-six in 28 minutes off the bench.

But let's go back to something that transpired last Friday, because you might have missed the news.

The Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Zach Norvell Jr. (who was on a 10-day contract with Golden State before the All-Star break) from the South Bay Lakers in exchange for a G League 2020 first-round draft pick and ...

... the G League returning player rights to Juan Toscano-Anderson.

What does that mean exactly? Well, if JTA isn't on an NBA roster at the beginning of next season and chooses to sign with the G League, he will suit up for South Bay and not Santa Cruz.

The Sea Dubs could reacquire the Oakland native, but it would come at a cost in a trade.

[RELATED: Dubs' Toscano-Anderson looks to inspire Mexican NBA fans]

Toscano-Anderson, of course, is hoping to stay in the NBA so none of this comes into play.

Also keep in mind that the 26-year-old could sign a two-way contract as well.

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Kirk Lacob: Warriors 'got a lot of ammo,' will contend for 2021 title

Kirk Lacob: Warriors 'got a lot of ammo,' will contend for 2021 title

Does Kirk Lacob believe the Warriors can compete for a championship in 2020-21?

Golden State's assistant general manager could not have been more clear when he spoke with Kerith Burke and Grant Liffmann on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast.

"Hell yes. Emphatically yes," he said. "We've got an awesome core that has done this before. It's our job to surround them with enough pieces to not just compete, but really contend. Our job is a lot easier than most of the other front offices around the league (because) we don't have to find Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson) and Draymond (Green) -- we've got them.

"I 100 percent think we can contend for a championship next year. If we don't, that's on us, and we gotta figure out what we're doing wrong. We 100 percent can -- we will. We've got a lot of ammo now. We didn't have ammo before.

"We were always either picking late or didn't have a pick. We had maybe one (of the taxpayer midlevel exception or a trade exception). That was it. Our team as was had to be good enough, and luckily it was good enough three out of five times.

"Now we've got (ways) to add to this. We just gotta get these next few pieces right, plain and simple. We gotta do it."

To quote the legendary Ace Ventura: "Allllllllrighty then."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

The Warriors do have "a lot of ammo" to improve the roster this offseason. When it comes to draft assets, they are guaranteed to end up with a top-five pick in October (14 percent chance of No. 1 overall), and have the very valuable 2021 top-three protected selection they acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in February (plus the T-Wolves' 2021 second rounder, which could be in the early 30s).

They possess a $17.2 million traded player exception, which enables them to acquire a veteran scheduled to make up to that salary amount in 2020-21, or they can strike a couple of deals to net multiple players. For example, they can add someone who makes $9.2 million and someone else who makes $8 million.

Additionally, a legitimate piece could enter the fold via the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception. Also, there should be several solid options at the veteran minimum. Plain and simple, they have a lot of flexibility and different paths to choose from.

[RELATED: What Steph contract extension with Warriors would look like]

Having said all of this, it's unclear how much money the franchise will be willing to spend because of the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Ownership reportedly is exploring loan options to deal with the pending shortfalls in revenue, and that could make a huge difference.

Ultimately, we will have a much better idea of the Warriors' 2021 title chances in mid-to-late October. Yours truly cannot wait to see how the dust settles.

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Kirk Lacob reveals what convinced Warriors to draft Draymond Green

Kirk Lacob reveals what convinced Warriors to draft Draymond Green

Heading into the 2012 NBA Draft, there were some major question marks regarding Michigan State forward Draymond Green.

According to Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations Kirk Lacob, who joined the Runnin' Plays podcast this week, they had the same questions.

"We all liked him as a player, but we all had the same questions and concerns that everyone else did," Lacob explained. "Like what position is he? Is he really athletic enough? Can he shoot well?"

So what convinced the Warriors to select Green with the No. 35 overall pick in the draft?

"One of the top five interviews we ever had was Draymond Green," Lacob said. "We sat across from him and you just, just like now, it's so obvious now, but like ... the confidence, the IQ, the emotional IQ, like this guy had it all. And you sat there and you walk away from the interview like 'How do we not want to work with this person? How is this person ever going to fail?' " 

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Despite all the concerns about his size and lack of refinement in his game, Lacob and the Warriors knew one thing about him: "There was no way he was going to fail."

It was not as if Green only impressed the Warriors with his words, however, as his draft workout was one to remember for Lacob.

"He came in and kicked everyone's butt," Lacob said. "He was like yelling and screaming, and I thought the other five guys were just going to quit basketball after ... he was just destroying people."

And yet, the Warriors waited until the second round to select the 6-foot-6 forward, and even had a pick at No. 30 overall in which they selected center Festus Ezeli out of Vanderbilt instead. Lacob recognizes that waiting until later in the draft can be misconstrued that they were not as convinced as they let on.

[RELATED: Where Draymond would go in 2012 re-draft]

"Look, we didn't take him until (pick) 35. We really wanted him and ultimately for us, he ended up at 35 because we thought that was the only way we could get him and Festus," Lacob explained. "We had done quite a bit of intel around the league, we looked at the teams between 31 and 34, and there is always the danger of someone trading in of course, but we did enough intel and we talked to his agent, we thought he would be there at 35 and we did not think Festus would be there, sometimes that's the way that works."

Lucky for the Warriors, Green did last until the No. 35 pick. And they were right -- he really did not fail.