Bob Myers addresses possibility of Warriors trading draft pick
Golden State Warriors president Bob Myers relented he’d consider the possibility of trading their first-round draft pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. The Warriors have an equal 14% chance to net the top overall pick in the draft — tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
They also have a 13.4% chance at the No. 2 pick, a 12.7% chance at the No. 3 pick, a 12% chance at the No. 4 pick and a 47.9% chance at the No. 5 pick after mustering the worst record in the league at 15-50.
Myers noted he would keep his options open ahead of the NBA Draft Lottery:
“Yeah, we’re going to consider all that,” Myers told Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area over the phone, before pausing for a moment. “Now, I don’t know if the headline is going to be that we’re trading our pick. So, be clear that I said ‘consider.’”
This 2020 NBA Draft has been known to be relatively difficult, considering not only the social distancing practices and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic but also just the players involved.
The draft has a bevy of question marks across the board, which would make the Warriors consider all their options if their player of choice isn’t likely to be available:
“So much of whether a guy makes it or not is, ‘Who is he?’ What type of mindset does he have?'” said Myers. “Everybody has been watching ‘The Last Dance,’ and I’m sure there was belief Michael Jordan would be a really good player. But if everybody knew he had that edge, he’s not going third in the draft. He’s going first.
“Even with (No. 1 pick Hakeem) Olajuwon, as great as he was, if people saw the talent of Jordan and knew this guy would kill to win, do everything in his power to win, at all costs, that draft would have been different.”
Myers is just doing his due diligence, keeping all his options open as any savvy front office head would. This year is no exception.
The Warriors have not drafted in the top three since selecting Mike Dunleavy Jr. out of Duke with the third overall pick in 2002.