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Rumor: Stephen Curry expected out for ‘a couple of months’ as Warriors shift focus to NBA Draft

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The Golden State Warriors are not expecting Stephen Curry to return for “a couple of months” after suffering a broken left hand in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Warriors’ front office, led by president Bob Myers, will instead shift its focus to scouting for the upcoming NBA Draft, as they expect to receive a lottery pick in the upcoming one:

“I don’t think there’s anybody in Golden State who expects Stephen Curry back at least within the next couple of months,” Woj said. “Bob Myers will be out on the road scouting because they’re going to have a very high draft pick in this coming draft.

“This is a team that probably was headed toward the lottery anyway and now you look at the lineup they’re going to be putting out on that floor … This is a team that is going to be in the lottery, and probably deep in the lottery. Remember, they have a protected first-round pick going to Brooklyn in the sign-and-trade that brought them D’Angelo Russell, but that means they’ll keep that pick this year and they’ll have a chance to get back up really high in this draft and maybe get an impact player and then try to come back next year with Curry, Klay Thompson, certainly Draymond Green and that core. They’ll have the mid-level exception they can use in free agency.

“Their plan was always for the next couple years to try to build back up to be a team that could advance in the Western Conference playoffs. Right now they’re on the outside looking in.”

While Warriors owner Joe Lacob is publicly staying positive, it seems the organization has already let go of any hope for this season and will instead focus on developing their young talent like other rebuilding teams. They will then hope to have all their horses ready for the 2020-21 season with everyone healthy enough to take part, plus a high 2020 NBA Draft pick.