Nearly eight months removed from their last game, the Warriors are set to embark on their most pivotal offseason of the last decade. It starts with the No. 2 pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft, and free agency begins 48 hours after that. There’s already been a flurry of action, from Chris Paul being traded to the Suns and the Rockets on the brink of a rebuild, and the stage is set for a hectic draft night.
Here’s a look at how the lottery might play out according to the Bay Area News Group’s Wes Goldberg and Dieter Kurtenbach, who rotated selections for this mock draft.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, Georgia
The Timberwolves seem indecisive, so they might as well go with the safe option.
Edwards is the safest bet of this draft’s top three and he fills a need for the Timberwolves, whose core is center Karl-Anthony Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell. Add a wing and you have a clean 1-2-3.
The upside of LaMelo Ball is enticing, no doubt, but Edwards has an NBA-ready body and plays a position of need. Minnesota doesn’t need to overthink this — he’s the guy.
And they put Golden State in a fascinating position at No. 2. — Kurtenbach
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2. Golden State Warriors: LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks
Ball is slotted here, but not necessarily because the Warriors will take him. With Edwards off the board, the Warriors could target James Wiseman, but there are plenty of teams reportedly interested in trading up for Ball. Teams like the Bulls (at No. 4), Pistons (at No. 7) and Knicks (at No. 8) could all move up and offer the Warriors some help in the front court. There are options later in the draft — such as Tyrese Haliburton and Devin Vassell — who would be natural fits in Golden State.
For the sake of this mock, the Warriors trade No. 2 to the Bulls for No. 4 and center Wendall Carter Jr. — Goldberg
3. Charlotte Hornets: James Wiseman, Memphis
That’s both me and the Charlotte Hornets.
I couldn’t fathom Ball being part of the Warriors, though Big Baller Brand would complete the off-brand shoe bingo card they’ve been filling out. Big fan of Wendall Carter, so I’m down with that move.
But not as much as the Hornets are down with the Warriors passing on James Wiseman. Charlotte has been making eyes at the big man for a while now. They stand pat and pick him up with a quickness.
And now I guess the Warriors are back on the clock. — Kurtenbach
4. Chicago Bulls: Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
Having traded back, the Warriors take Haliburton here. As I reported this week, the Warriors are very intrigued by Haliburton, and love his potential fit on the court and in the locker room. It’s easy to see him fitting in as the lead guard off the bench, and he has the shooting ability and versatility to play alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports