NBA Draft 2020: Golden State Warrior’s Strategy going into the NBA Draft 2020

NBA Draft 2020: The NBA Draft is less than a day away. While all eyes are on the top 3 lottery teams, it will be most intriguing to see what the Golden State Warriors do with its pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Will they select a player or trade their pick for a veteran? The Dubs have been given the 2nd pick in the Draft.

After an injury-riddled season, this will give them an opportunity to bolster their roster depth with a young prospect.

With the salary cap & luxury tax remaining the same this season as they were in 2019-20, there will be a reduction in the luxury tax bill. So, if Golden State used the $17.2M trade exception (Andre Iguodala) and the revenue decreased by 30%, they could save close to $50M. 
Another major need for the team is a long-term solution at the center position. They could address that with the No. 2 pick or wait for their pick in the second round of the NBA Draft. If the Warriors decide to use their pick on a Center, James Wiseman and Onyeka Okongwu will provide the size in their roster.
Will the Warriors trade their pick?
The Golden State Warriors could also decide to trade the No. 2 pick to the San Antonio Spurs for LeMarcus Aldridge and the No. 11 pick. Aldridge is in the last year of his deal, which will pay him $24 million. The only player in that range on Golden State who is not Curry, Thompson, or Draymond Green is forward Andrew Wiggins.
The Warriors also have a $17.2 million trade exception from their Andre Iguodala deal last year. The exclusion will allow them to trade for a player who makes up to $17.2 million without having to send back a player of equal salary.
The Warriors do not inevitably have time on their side with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all on the wrong side of 30. It will be interesting to see how they build up their squad for the 2020-21 NBA Season.
Their championship window is still as open as it was a few years ago.

Schedule of the NBA Draft 2020:

Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 07:00 P.M. ET, 05:30 A.M. IST

Location: Hosted virtually at ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut

Where can you watch the NBA Draft?

ESPN and Turner are the Official Broadcasting Partners of the NBA.

Fans can watch the NBA Draft Live here.

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