Reports continue to suggest that the Trail Blazers are enamored by Damian Lillard, enough to draft him sixth overall. Such a move would mean that one of the players initially viewed as a consensus top-six pick, Andre Drummond, could be available when the Warriors picked seventh overall. According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, there could be a very interesting debate among Warriors execs if Drummond was on the board at No. 7. For what it's worth, our mock draft earlier this week had Lillard to Portland at six and Drummond slipping to the Raptors at eight.
Let's round up a few more Warriors-related rumors from Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group….
- The Warriors haven't talked to the Bulls about the possibility of acquiring Luol Deng, but Deng would be on the team's short-list of veteran small forward targets. Thompson suggests Golden State could offer a package centered around the 7th pick and Richard Jefferson.
- Even though Klay Thompson is already on board as the starting shooting guard, the Warriors like Dion Waiters and Terrence Ross a lot. The club figures to target the best player available, so the roster overlap shouldn't be a major factor, says Thompson.
- Some teams at the end of the first round, such as the Thunder and Heat, may have interest in trading out of the first round to avoid adding a guaranteed contract. Thompson speculates that perhaps a package of the Warriors' two second-rounders (Nos. 35 and 52) would interest the clubs at the back of round one.