The Warriors, who hold the seventh and 14th overall picks in this year’s draft, are busy this week working out prospects, many of whom could be in play for one of those two lottery picks.
As Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets, Cameron Thomas, Tre Mann, Isaiah Todd, Quentin Grimes, Nah’Shon Hyland, and LJ Figueroa came in for a group workout with the Warriors on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Baylor’s Davion Mitchell is conducting an individual workout with Golden State before Jalen Johnson, Kai Jones, and Moses Moody audition later in the afternoon, according to Kendra Andrews of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link).
Of those 10 prospects, Mitchell (No. 7), Johnson (12), Moody (16), Jones (20), Mann (22), Thomas (26), Grimes (29), and Hyland (30) are all projected by ESPN to be first-round picks.
Here’s more from around the Pacific:
- Jovan Buha of The Athletic presents the case for and against the Lakers re-signing each of their own free agents, including Dennis Schröder, Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Andre Drummond.
- During an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ LeBron James laughed off a question asking about the possibility of the Lakers signing or trading for Suns point guard Chris Paul, but admitted that he’d “absolutely” like to play with his close friend at some point, as Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic details. Maybe it could happen before the two stars retire, but I wouldn’t count on it being a realistic option in 2021/22.
- In case you missed it, Suns assistant Willie Green is on track to become the Pelicans’ new head coach and is expected to finalize a deal with the team this week.
14 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Warriors Workouts, Lakers, LeBron, CP3”
If Warriors trade their picks it will probably be at the last minute. Right now teams are playing the high price for one of their stars. Asking for a boat load to get that star. Come draft day you will see players traded like its Christmas eve and they need to make their kids happy.
Right now all the GMs are feeling insulted by other GM’s offers. I hope you’re right about the turnabout.
There always is because at first they want premium price. When they see the player they want is available in the draft they will make a trade. There is not much in free agency out there but 6th men for playoff teams.
Gordon Hayward 4 years $120 million contract
Chris Paul may demand 4 years $140 million
IDK he whiffed it pretty bad last night bud.
And Middleton scored the last __ pts for MIL— they never said, but he equaled Booker with simpler buckets. Good D too.
NBA tax apron – hard cap set at $138.6 million
After re-signing Caruso and Tucker, Lakers are not allowed to sign and trade Schroeder?
You assume they will first sign those 2. They may let 1 of them go. Caruso could get a better offer from outside of Lakers. Tucker could get a big contract from a rebuilding team.
They can absolutely sign and trade him. They will but up against the hard cap. But they can use the trade exception created if they take on a smaller contract. And that’s also assuming they keep the whole roster intact and not trade some unnecessary parts away. Which they will do. They need to get shooters badly around AD and Bron.
A team is allowed to send out a player via sign-and-trade without becoming hard-capped. The hard cap only applies if the team ACQUIRES a player via sign-and-trade.
So if the Lakers were to sign-and-trade Schroder in exchange for a player who is already under contract, they wouldn’t be hard-capped.
GSW have two nice picks. I’m not sure they are quite at the level needed to pry a star loose from another team. Plus, a deal for a guy making big money would likely need to include Wiggins, which dilutes the value of the trade package. No S&T deal that can be (even) agreed to on draft night.
What veteran might they get with the 2 picks on draft night that is better than just adding some NBA ready draftees like Mitchell and Moody (I’m skeptical Moody will be there at #14, but ESPN says he will be).
Don’t see Warriors keeping their picks. They will go for it next yr. I see a major trade coming. I’m also hoping Knicks trade up.
GSW should trade those picks and a player for a guy like Myles Turner