The question is: how will the Warriors cash in on these choices? Are they going to stay put and simply draft the best player they deserve in each position? Will they pack 7 and 14 to move up to a higher choice? Will they trade one and keep one? And Wiseman? Is he on the table?
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Warriors president Bob Myers recently said the team will not prioritize the development of young players over immediate victory i.e. whether Wiseman and / or anyone besides the Warriors could get with this year’s lottery pick (s) not ready. to make a significant contribution right now, they’re basically on the table. Which brings us to NBA Insider and former Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger, who noted the following in a recent article for The Athletic:
The Warriors now have the seventh and 14th pick as well as last year’s second overall pick, James Wiseman, and it is widely expected that the Warriors will use No.7 and Wiseman, in particular, to seek more upgrades. from the list. A name to watch: Pascal Siakam.
Now this is interesting. If the Warriors are really going to prioritize short-term returns as they try to squeeze every last drop of elite production that remains in the Stephen Curry / Klay Thompson / Draymond Green trio, Siakam is surely more willing to help than Wiseman, who had a disappointing rookie season and didn’t seem ready for meaningful minutes at all, and a rookie.
Plus, Siakam is a more realistic target than, say, a Bradley Beal, who’s on everyone’s wishlist. If such a player were to hit the market, Wiseman and an average lottery pick would not be enough. Siakam’s stock has lost steam, but he remains a very good two-way player that almost any team not named the Nets would be delighted to have as a No.3 goalscorer.
For the Raptors, who already own the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, it would be hard to beat a post-Kyle Lowry overhaul with Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, a 20-year-old No. 2 overall pick at Wiseman and two top-seven pick in a deep and talented draft.
The flip side, of course, would be for Lowry and Siakam to stick around and add No. 4 pick to VanVleet and Anunoby, or for Lowry to bring back some extra help via a signing and trade. There are options, but given Wiseman’s advantage and the quality of this project, it’s hard to imagine much better value for Siakam if the Raptors are indeed considering moving him.
But that’s only a possibility. The point is, the Warriors appear to be in deal mode. They know the time is running out to put a title contender around Stephen Curry, and they have what it takes to make sure it does. If it’s not Siakam, they’ll look elsewhere. If a reasonable deal comes up, don’t expect Golden State to let it go.