Rumor: Warriors will either trade No. 1 pick or draft Anthony Edwards if they win lottery
The Golden State Warriors entered the NBA’s hiatus with the worst record in the league at 15-50. Assuming they stay there or don’t get out of the bottom three, the Warriors will have a 14.0% chance of winning the No. 1 pick whenever the NBA Draft Lottery is held. If the Dubs do get that top pick, their current plan is to either trade it or draft Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
As one source put it, “I think they’d only take one of those two if they were trading down in the draft and taking them for another team.”
If the Warriors don’t land the No. 1 pick and wind up somewhere 2-5, they’re said to be fans of Deni Avdija, a 19-year-old phenom out of Israel. Letourneau reports that Avdija could even wind up No. 2 on Golden State’s draft board after Edwards.
Iowa State product Tyrese Haliburton is another player the Warriors have their eye on, even though they don’t necessarily need a point guard. While most draft experts peg Ball as a better prospect, Golden State apparently prefers Haliburton over Ball. The Iowa State point guard averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 50.4% overall and 41. 9% on 3-pointers this season.
Of course, with Golden State looking to get back to title contention in 2020-21, trading the pick for a proven player will be heavily considered. The Warriors will have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson fully back next season, and Andrew Wiggins will get his first chance to play with both Splash Brothers.
For right now, though, it’s still unclear just when the lottery will take place. With the NBA in hiatus due to the coronavirus, the pre-draft process is all out of whack and schedules will have to be tweaked.