Killian Hayes eyes interviews with Warriors, Timberwolves, will pass on Cavs
The NBA may be only three weeks away from a restart, but eliminated teams are already starting to make moves ahead of the anticipated 2020 NBA Draft. Killian Hayes, who’s been lauded as a top-10 prospect, is expected to interview with the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves, but is expected to pass on talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers, given that they’re unlikely to draft a guard, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP Minnesota.
Hayes’ agent Yann Balizoukou said as much during a recent French podcast “Envergure.”
This makes plenty of sense, as the Cavs already have a logjam of two 6-foot-1 guards playing in the same backcourt in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Young Kevin Porter Jr., which many see as a potential franchise pillar, can also be added to that mix.
Selecting another point guard in the NBA Draft would just be a nightmare to balance, as four young guys wanting backcourt minutes is a recipe for disaster.
Hayes was ranked 10th in ESPN’s latest mock draft, so this is just the agent doing his due diligence in case his client’s stock rises in the next few months.
The Warriors, Timberwolves and Cavs would have an equal 14% chance to net the first overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery — though it’s worth noting the Warriors could trade down if the right offer comes around.
Golden State has reportedly expressed interest in Tyrese Haliburton, another top-10 talent with guard skills and a strong perimeter ability. Hayes is a little greener in all aspects, but could benefit as a nice bench stash for a championship organization.