Why Steve Kerr, Warriors need more time to prepare for 2020 NBA Draft

Why Steve Kerr, Warriors need more time to prepare for 2020 NBA Draft

The Warriors have been preparing for the 2020 NBA Draft for a while now.

"We've never spent more time -- as a group -- on the draft as we have this year," owner Joe Lacob said nearly two months ago. "We've got no excuse in terms of not having enough time."

Golden State will have even more of an opportunity to prepare, as the draft -- originally slated for June 25 -- has been rescheduled for Oct. 15. That's well over four months from now.

"We need more time for sure," coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The TK Show" podcast with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "(General manager) Bob (Myers) is in charge of this and he does a really good job of gathering information and using all of the allotted time.

"We've had a chance to interview (via Zoom) a lot of the guys who we're interested in. We haven't worked any of them out."

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It's unclear at this point if the NBA will hold some sort of official combine where teams can scout prospects. We don't know if the Warriors will be allowed to bring players to Chase Center and put them through on-court drills.

"The expectation is that they will be allowed in-person meetings with top prospects and possible workouts at some point later in the summer," The Athletic's Anthony Slater wrote Thursday.

Another big variable in all of this is the NBA Draft Lottery, which will take place on Aug. 25. The Warriors are guaranteed a top-five pick, but finding out if they will have the No. 1 selection or the No. 4 selection likely will have a big impact on the front office's mindset.

[RELATED: Report: Warriors have Haliburton over Ball on draft board]

And it's important to keep in mind that management also will consider trading the pick in the effort to acquire an established star player.

"There's a lot of work ahead, and a lot of information to be gained," Kerr said. "We'll do all of that work before we can even really think about putting a list together and feeling really good about whatever we're gonna do."

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Trainer says Warriors' Steph Curry 'as bouncy and energetic' as ever

Trainer says Warriors' Steph Curry 'as bouncy and energetic' as ever

Steph Curry cannot wait to take the floor for an NBA game again. But with the start date for the 2020-21 season unclear at this point, the Warriors superstar knows he has to stay patient.

Unfortunately, the two-time NBA MVP has had to be extra patient for too long, as he was sidelined for over four months last season because of a broken left hand.

Steph misses competing and winning, and understands the window for doing that at the highest level won't be open for that much longer.

But at the same time, his personal trainer believes there are no reasons to be concerned that the three-time NBA champion is trending in the wrong direction.

“He’s a young 32,” Brandon Payne recently told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “He’s jumping really well, moving really well. He’s perpetually in great shape from a cardiovascular standpoint. He’s not showing any signs at all of any sort of aging. He’s moving well, he’s getting stronger.

"He’s as bouncy and energetic in workouts as he’s ever been.”

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Video proof of this sometimes will surface on social media in the form of Curry throwing down some dunks. They serve as a reminder that he is more athletic than people think.

But it's also important to remember Steph's legs are extra fresh right now. And part of that could be because he and Payne have been forced to adjust their offseason regimen.

“Normally we have a five-to-six-day workweek," Payned told Strauss. “This year, with the uncertainty of the timeline (of next season), we’re being very patient. We’re only going four days a week. With those four days, only two of those days are uptempo, high-intensity days.

"We just want to make sure everything we’re doing has a positive benefit to his game. We can’t have any empty drills. We don’t really want to have wasted running."

[RELATED: Report: Klay held workout with Steph while rehabbing ACL]

Steph acknowledged last month that the 2019-20 campaign "could be a blessing in disguise" for the Warriors. After five straight trips to the NBA Finals, everybody associated with the franchise needed a physical and mental break.

But it sure sounds like the No. 7 overall pick from the 2009 draft has caught his breath and is ready to go full steam ahead.

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NBA rumors: Warriors believe Anthony Edwards can be franchise guy, help now

NBA rumors: Warriors believe Anthony Edwards can be franchise guy, help now

If the Warriors win the NBA draft lottery -- and choose not to trade the selection -- who will they take with the No. 1 overall pick?

Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported in April that Georgia guard Anthony Edwards likely would be the choice. And on Tuesday, he provided an even deeper explanation.

"Golden State believes, per a league source, that Edwards is one of the few players available in this draft who can contribute immediately and develop into a face of the franchise within the next few seasons," Letourneau writes.

This would be the ideal outcome for the franchise. A fully healthy Warriors roster -- which in theory would include some significant additions this offseason -- wouldn't need major contributions from Edwards right away. The Atlanta native just turned 19 years old last week, and he would have the luxury of learning from Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins.

Edwards could somewhat take his time adjusting to life as a professional, and soak up as much knowledge as possible as he continues to learn the nuances of the game.

And throughout that process, the goal would be for Edwards to realize his potential, become an All-Star level player and help carry the franchise into its next iteration.

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But the truth is that this possible plan is far from a guarantee. In the eyes of many draft analysts, Edwards is not a sure-fire prospect. Yes, he averaged 19.1 points per game as a freshman for the Bulldogs, and had some incredible performances.

But he shot 40 percent overall and just 29.4 percent from 3-point range over 32 games.

"I think he needs to work on attacking the basket a little more," Edwards' brother, Antoine, told Dell and Sonya Curry in May. "He settles for the jump shot a lot when he's pretty strong and big. He gets to the hole with contact -- people slapping and grabbing his arm -- and he still can lay the ball up.

"You do that with ease. Why sit out there and make a difficult shot when you do something easy?"

[RELATED: Report: Warriors haven't met with top prospect Edwards yet]

The lottery will be held next Thursday, Aug. 20, and this whole discussion could become a moot point if the Dubs slip to say No. 4 or No. 5, and Edwards goes in the top three.

Isn't it wild how ping pong balls can alter the course of NBA history?

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