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Rumors, Speculation and Talks Abound … Here is Some of What I’ve Heard

The rumors are flying, the speculation is rampant. You can definitely tell the draft is tomorrow. The Warriors, like most everyone else in this draft, still don’t know what they’re going to do. They are talking to everyone. And tThey probably know what they want, but there are too many balls in the air for them to know what they’re going to do. Which is probably why nothing will happen until the first five or six picks are determined. Golden State really can’t afford to make a move out of No. 7 now, then have MKG or Harrison Barnes fall to where they were.

With that said, here is what the scuttle winds have blown my way.

* If Connecticut center Andre Drummond falls to the Warriors at seven, expect the Warriors to call Houston and try to get out of the No. 7 pick. Houston wants Drummond as their center project. The Warriors don’t really want Drummond, but there are a couple of guys Golden State would want at picks 14 and 16, or even 18 (Houston owns all three of those picks).

* Warriors have also talked with Milwaukee Bucks about moving down to the 12th slot. The Bucks are looking to move up to secure one of the big men they like (John Henson, Tyler Zeller). If Thursday, Milwaukee believes Henson and Zeller will be gone (leaving them stuck with less-ready Meyers Leonard or Jared Sullinger and his back concerns), Bucks GM John Hammond may take the bait. Golden State could get Luc Mbah a Moute. (Correction: GSW can’t get Ekpe Udoh back because new CBA rules prohibit him from being traded back to the Warriors by Milwaukee for a year) I’ve got to think Mark Jackson would prefer Ekpe Udoh. He had Ekpe playing his best ball before the Warriors (reluctantly) traded him to Milwaukee.

* I’m hearing the Warriors do like Wilson Chandler but don’t believe he is worth the No. 7 pick so that deal is unlikely to happen. The Nuggets would have to take back Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson to make it worthwhile for the Warriors. However, if the Warriors trade down a bit, maybe to 12 or 14, that Chandler deal may be in play. That could be a high enough jump for Denver (#20) and the Warriors could still get someone they like at No. 20 – whether Terrence Jones, Quincy Miller, Moe Harkless or even Festus Ezeli

* Dion Waiters is no doubt high on the Warriors’ list. The way his stock has risen, Waiters likely won’t fall outside the top 10. But another shooting guard-who-can-play-some-point type of player is rising, too. His name is Austin Rivers. The Warriors may have a tough choice to make at No. 7 between Waiters and Rivers. They like Waiters, who is generally viewed as the better player. But Rivers may have more name appeal, and more PG skills, and perhaps more value.

*If Drummond is on the board, there is a temptation for the Warriors to take him though the basketball minds in the Warriors’ front office don’t want to take him. The Warriors’ perennial need for size and asset-accumulation plans may lead them to consider Drummond more than they otherwise would. Few players might have the trade value Drummond will have come February – especially if he does ANYTHING good during the season. If the Warriors are trying to make a play for Andre Iguodala, they have a much better chance if they have a nice young big man to offer. Of course, that is a risky play because they could pick Drummond and he could be terrible and now they just smoked away the No. 7 pick. But perhaps worse than that is if the Warriors pass on him, he turns out to be really good, and Joe Lacob is pissed because he said when in doubt go with the size and athleticism.

There is something to be said for the Warriors having an optimum situation for Drummond. They don’t need him now. They like to say they are good at developing talent, so they should be able to develop his skills. Mark Jackson is this reputed motivator, so if anybody can get Drummond to play hard it should be Jackson. Can the Warriors afford to spend the No. 7 pick on a project? Not really. But doing so would only require the front office to get what they need elsewhere in the draft and through free agency and trades – and that’s probably going to have to happen anyway since drafting Waiters will give them little more than a back-up guard heading into the season.

* The most untouchable Warrior right now is Klay Thompson. Apparently he is in high demand, which is only convincing the Warriors he is someone they need to hold on to. Believe it or not, point guard Stephen Curry also still has some trade value. The Warriors aren’t biting, but Curry seems to still have some pull despite ankle issues.

 

Marcus Thompson

  • EvanZ

    Ekpe and #12 for #7. Do it.

  • Byron

    NICE article…the trade options are out there…getting Ekpe would be nice..W’s need to draft AUSTIN RIVERS…stock is rising but thats BS …he can flat out play

  • Ultra-Humanite

    Mark Jackson did such a great job of motivation that Biedrins had his worst year yet. Good job Mark!

  • http://www.grilledlincolns.com Mike

    Because Biedrins problem is motivation? Not that he is terrible? right smart guy?

  • earl monroe

    Rivers should be the Pick

  • Carlos Animals

    I would like the Warriors to get Moe Harkness or Festus Ezeli because I like the way their names sound.

  • DW

    I like the udoh trade at #12 with the Bucks and then flipping 12 with #20 and getting Chandler. That would give us extra rebounding with Udoh, a solid 3 with Chandler and still 2 First round picks. What’s wring with that?

  • WarriorRaiderA’s

    Udoh and 12 for 7, done! Perfect actually, the we draft T-Jones @ 12 Quincy Miller @ 30 and Kyle O’quin @ 35.

  • J-Ridah

    I see either MKG or Barnes falling and one is our future SF. Both
    Love our beautiful city and all the clubs in SOMA. They are also gonna love
    the happy hour at the airport Hilton and the talent at the bar.

  • dew

    lillard at 7. trade curry for 3.
    if lillard is gone at 7. trade for Wilson Chandler. Wilson Chandler is an AWESOME defender.

  • Bob Fuller

    Forget Chandler. That guy bites…

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  • wileyshcmitt

    If it’s actually possible to trade #7 and D. Wright for #12 and Udoh it has to be done. Udoh can come in off the bench for Lee or Bogut, or could start for either if they’re ever injured. Plus he loved it here and is ready to play. Then we can draft Harkless, Ross, Leonard, Rivers, or one of the Jones’ at #12. Harkless!!

  • Todd Fuller

    Rockets just traded w bucks and now have #12 so flush that idea

  • JimPunkrockford

    i just hate the idea of the trade down. i thought we had a super smart front office now that can make good basketball decisions for us. it seams like you should be able to find a difference maker at the number 7 spot. i get it, guys you want are more mid-first rounders but we tanked so hard to get this pick and now we don’t need/want it? i hope west has something in store for w’s fans

  • Grey Warden

    We get Wilson Chandler, David Lee says to him: “Hey, here’s your old tooth back. I kept it as a souvenir.”

    hahahaha

  • LetsGoWarriors

    Lets go Ekpe. Dont want any prospect right now. Ekpe has proven already that he can play

  • Young

    Wilson Chandler is what Steven A. Smith describes as a scrub, what Shaq would call a “bum”…

    He’s not even a starter for the love of…

    I hope this is a joke

  • manhattanproj

    marcus,

    if drummond turns out to be anything equal of a quality player, say even a serge ibaka type, then why would the w’s want to trade him?

    afterall, isn’t it easier to find a 3 then a quality 4/5? even iggy/gay for drummond, in this scenario, wouldn’t be a good deal. new jersey got d.williams in return for d.favors. no way iggy or gay is in the same class as d.williams.

    and if drummond turns out to be another POB or a more athletic hasheem thabeet, then there’s no mkt for him.

    either way, if drummond is the pick, w’s will almost have to ride out his contract and assume the risk.

  • http://yahoo michael

    No one listens we can not get epke until next year so it is not a possibility. League rules prohibit him from being traded back to the warriors before one year has passed. Trade down and get harkless and maybe someone like marcus teague from kentucky.

  • lobo

    regardless of what is done, they can all be great moves,
    we have someone who just got their drivers license driving the car when a guy like jeff van is sitting out there….i just don’t get it. regardless, i predict jackson has at most one more year…i hope!!!

  • lobo

    oh by the way i saw every….game…every game i say, leonard play this year….this is one big stiff…i cannot believe anyone in their right mind would consider him….

  • Derek

    Typical Warriors, trading just to trade and still losing. Chandler is a back-up aka a scrub, why consider trading a first rounder for that guy. The dubs go from Josh Smith, Rudy Gay rumors down to Wilson Chandler. Wow ! some things never change. A last place team adds a scrub and a slow borken down big (Bogus) and then tell their fans thery’re a legit contender. Only in da bay !

  • Steve

    06/27/12 4:53 PM EST – Joel Brigham:

    Contrary to an internet rumor earlier in the day, sources close to the situation are indicating that a Wilson-Chandler-to-Golden-State offer isn’t even on the table.

    While the Warriors are looking to upgrade at the small forward spot, they’re still hoping to do that in the draft. They absolutely are exploring a number of trades involving that #7 pick, but the Wilson Chandler deal isn’t one of them, at least not right now.

  • Grey Warden

    #20,

    They can reacquire Udoh back in a trade so long as it’s past July 1, 2012.

  • Niners in 2012

    Udoh + #12 for Drummond??? on what planet is that fair value? at #12 you’re not getting Rivers or Waiters. Pass.

  • haastheman

    i’m sup0er excited! So many options. options can be good, and options can be bad. this is what seperates the good from the bad. This is the perfect time to put your stamp on things. Let get er done!

  • http://yahoo.com wildbill

    lets get rivers son of doc rivers. we already have thompson son of michael thompson. who else ex-nba player has a son lets get him too

  • joe

    how about Steph Curry, son of Dell!

  • Ron

    #3 Who say’s Biedren’s was not motivated? He made a free throw last year!

  • Shaky

    Rivers is a locker room problem. Drummond is a back-up. Trade the pick and dump Biedrins or Jefferson if Barnes and MKG don’t fall to you. Pick up two good bench players at 14 and 18 (plus get some salary space). Give yourself the ability to trade your three first round picks (14, 18, 30) for a free agent if someone shows interest.

    This draft is so deep with good 6-8th men that there is very little difference between 7th pick and 14th pick. Make the downward trade if you’re not getting a high-probability starter.