Bob Myers explains Warriors decision to trade or keep first draft pick

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Myers explains Warriors mindset on trade or keeping roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors hope to bring back the core of their expensive roster next season, which could make it difficult to bring a rookie into the fold.

Due to the extra pay and lack of playing time available on a championship contender side, there have been rumors the Warriors may be looking to trade their first-round pick, ranked No. 28 in the draft. the NBA on Thursday, against a future asset. .

But Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers has explained that money won’t be a determining factor in whether the Dubs make their pick or trade him, saying he’ll trust his staff to take the best decision for the organization.

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“I have to rely on your staff. I have to lean on the people who have done it all year,” Myers told reporters Wednesday in his pre-draft media availability.

“I don’t think money is going to be a factor as far as we trade or keep the selection. It will if it makes sense, so it won’t really be a financial decision. We have about 15, 20 people on the ninth floor right now watching a movie and getting the order draft and lining up our board.”

The Warriors had good picks late in the first round, including Jordan Poole at No. 28 in 2019 and Kevon Looney at No. 30 in 2015. But they also had a few hiccups, including Jacob Evans at No. 28 in 2018, whose career never took off.

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“So we’ll be ready,” Myers continued. “Like I said, we’ve been in this situation before. But you get a guy like Poole, it shows you how valuable it is to get it right. We don’t succeed every time. We had guys who didn’t work.”

Various fictional projects have tied the Warriors to Wake Forest forward Jake LaRavia, Milwaukee forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Serbian forward Nikola Jovic if they keep the pick. If Myers does indeed not make a trade, it’s clear that he and the Dubs front office will prioritize the best player available.

“I think we’ll go for the best player, that’s usually what we fall back on. But I think the league is quite heavy on the wings and we saw that position had a lot of value. But we haven’t reduced it. If a point guard or a big makes the most sense, we’ll do it,” Myers said.

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“That’s the downside of having the draft before free agency. We don’t know. It’s like saying let’s take the best player. If we find we’re unbalanced in a position, then try to recover in free agency. .”

The draft is scheduled to take place Thursday at 5 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. We will then see what Myers and the Warriors decide to do when they are on the clock.

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