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RUMOR: Warriors discuss trade with Bulls involving picks, Wendell Carter Jr.

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With just a handful of hours before the 2020 NBA Draft, rumors continue to swirl regarding the plans of the Golden State Warriors for their second overall pick. They have reportedly engaged in trade talks with another lottery team in the Chicago Bulls to trade down in exchange for the fourth overall pick and forward Wendell Carter Jr.

Via The Ringer’s 2020 NBA Draft Guide by Kevin O’ Connor:

“League sources say the Warriors are weighing whether to accept a trade offered by the Bulls that would send Chicago their no. 2 overall pick for Wendell Carter Jr. and the fourth pick.”

The Bulls are reportedly eyeing to snag Memphis center James Wiseman if they successfully get their hands on the second overall pick. Meanwhile, the Warriors will most likely select the same player if they get to keep the pick until draft night. Wiseman will potentially be tasked to man the paint and run the floor similar to the role that JaVale McGee filled in some three seasons ago for the Dubs.

However, if they do trade down and engage in a deal with the Bulls, the Warriors will also be getting an up-and-coming big man in Wendell Carter Jr. who continues to hit his strides after his second season in the league. His sophomore campaign was headlined by averages of 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 43 appearances as a starter for the Bulls.

If things stay the same, Chicago is deciding between two wings in Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Deni Avdija and Florida State’s Patrick Williams to select with the fourth overall pick, as per O’Connor. Either of the two players will be complementing a Bulls lineup that has been dealing with a gaping hole in the wing position in previous seasons.

Regardless of how the ongoing trade talks will turn out come draft night, the two teams still have valuable assets on their hands which will certainly be pivotal pieces that can help improve their chances of winning next season.