Paul Pierce name-drops an All-Star return in trade for Warriors’ No. 2 pick
The 2020 NBA Draft is just around the corner and it’s still pretty much a guessing game on what the Golden State Warriors will do with their second overall pick.
According to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic, the Warriors have narrowed down their choices to James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards, and LaMelo Ball. Still, the team is not closing its doors on high-caliber prospects like Deni Avdija, Tyrese Haliburton, Onyeka Okongwu, Obi Toppin, Killian Hayes, and Devin Vassell.
For former NBA star and now ESPN analyst Paul Pierce, the best option for the Dubs is to trade the No. 2 selection. Pierce said on a recent episode of The Jump that he wants the squad to acquire another All-Star to instantly get back into contention for the NBA title. He even went further and namedropped a specific player.
“A name that comes to mind: (Nikola) Vucevic. I think he could go in there and fit right in among their guards. He gives them a down-low presence (and) can knock down shots. If they can do that, then yes (they’ll contend for the NBA championship). But if not, they’ll be right there in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference.”
Getting Vucevic from the Orlando Magic will certainly be a boost for the Bay Area squad. The All-Star big man averaged 19.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game this season, leading the Magic to the NBA Playoffs.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently gave a hint of their search for a big man, with Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss as their only centers.
The 43-year-old Pierce, however, also said the Warriors have to give up Andrew Wiggins along with the No. 2 pick in order to get All-Star caliber players. Kerr has also said earlier that he is very high on Wiggins, who they acquired last February in exchange for D’Angelo Russell.