Lowe doesn't see Warriors trading No. 2 pick for Holiday


The Warriors easily are the most interesting and mysterious team going into the 2020 NBA Draft. 

Will Golden State keep the No. 2 pick in the draft or send it away to another team? ESPN's Zach Lowe reported Thursday that the Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the No. 1 overall pick, have explored trading the top two picks in the draft for an All-NBA level player. Players like Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons and Devin Booker appear to be staying put.

So, what about New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who reportedly is being shipped to contenders? Holiday is a great fit for the Warriors, but Lowe doesn't see the Warriors trading the No. 2 pick for Holiday or a player at his level. 

"I just don't see the Warriors giving up that pick -- a precious chance for a dynastic team to find a bridge to the next era -- for a 30-year-old who has never made an All-NBA team without getting something more," Lowe wrote. "Maybe I'm wrong."

Holiday is one of the best defenders in the league and a more than capable offensive option as well. He averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 35.3 percentage on 3-pointers last season, and a career-high 21.2 points per game the season before. Holiday has made two All-Defensive teams but many players still see him as underrated on that side of the ball. 

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The veteran also is owed over $50 million million the next two seasons. A big contract like Andrew Wiggins would have to be involved, but is that too much to give up for the Warriors? If the Pelicans were to send Golden State the No. 13 pick, the deal would be much more intriguing for general manager Bob Myers. 

Getting Holiday to the Warriors is a tricky situation. He's the perfect player they're looking for right now, but it might not be in the cards.

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