Earlier this week, Wes Goldberg — who covers the Warriors for the Bay Area News Group — told us some shocking news.
“My intel from people I talk to is that the Warriors aren’t high on Wiseman,” he told the Locked On Warriors podcast last week. “I reported last week that the Warriors are much higher on this class’ guards and wings than they are on this class’ centers, and I still think that they’re going to go in that direction — even if Anthony Edwards is off the board.
“I don’t know why every mock draft has Wiseman going (to Golden State). If you’re a national guy — and you’re putting one of these mocks together — you’re just looking at team needs, and the Warriors have their point guard, they have their shooting guard, they have their small forward, they have their power forward … obviously, it’s easy enough to put Wiseman in there.
“I’m just telling you that’s not what’s gonna happen.”
Now at first, this may be shocking, but it seems very rational when it comes down to it. The Warriors have one 3 titles starting guys like Zaza Pachulia and Javale Magee at the center, so why should they take Wiseman, who is yes an improvement, but is it significant enough to make it worth the second overall pick? It seems not.
It seems increasingly likely at this point that the Warriors will trade their pick to a team that likes Ball or Wiseman, as opposed to keeping the pick. Odds are they would want to trade down to draft a player like Onyeka Okungwu or Deni Avdija, who would fit their system a bit better and can pick up assets along the way.
Usually, it would make sense for a team with the worst record at the top of the draft to be taking the best player available, but at this point in the Warriors timeline, they want to contend again. They still have a core of Curry, Klay, and Draymond. But this offseason is about building the best team possible around the 3 all-stars. They have Andrew Wiggens and Kevon Looney who will likely round out their starting 5, but other than them, roster spots are all up for grabs.