The next few weeks figure to be eventful for the Warriors, who have four picks in this year's draft and should be active in exploring deals. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle writes in his latest piece that Golden State may face some trade competition from the Raptors, who pick one spot after the Warriors in the draft and are seeking the same thing in a potential trade — an athletic veteran small forward. Here are a few more notes from Simmons' article for the Chronicle….
- Josh Howard has shown some interest in joining the Warriors, according to Simmons. A small forward is at or near the top of the team's wish list this summer, but Howard doesn't necessarily represent an upgrade over current options like Richard Jefferson, Dorell Wright, and Brandon Rush.
- The Bulls aren't expected to pick up C.J. Watson's non-guaranteed contract, so Golden State could kick the tires if he becomes a free agent. The Warriors first gave Watson a shot in the NBA, and are in the market for a veteran backup at the point.
- According to Simmons' sources, the Trail Blazers are likely to give Kaleb Canales the full-time coaching job. That would mean another potential destination would be off the table for Warriors assistant Michael Malone. "We feel that we were lucky to have him as the lead assistant last year," Warriors GM Bob Myers said of Malone. "Our fingers are crossed that we can keep him, but we realize that he's revered in coaching circles and may have some opportunities. Until something comes to fruition, we won't act on speculation."