The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery will take place tomorrow, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET. This means the Golden State Warriors have a little over 24 hours to complete a trade with the Utah Jazz to ensure they keep their lottery pick.
ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that sources close to the team have revealed that the Warriors aren’t interested in leaving anything up to chance come tomorrow night.
G-State has a 72 percent chance of having their first-round pick land in the top seven selections—which is exactly where it would have to fall if they were to hang on to it. If it turns up No. 8 or later, the franchise will send it to Utah as part of a previously agreed upon arrangement.
Considering that Golden State flipped fan favorite Monta Ellis at the trade deadline and has no legitimate stars on the roster aside from Stephen Curry and possibly Klay Thompson, the franchise must put itself in a position to draft a high-upside player this year.
Here are a few possible options—courtesy of Stein’s sources—for the W’s to float to the Jazz.
Among the Warriors' options to retain their 2012 pick outright is offering Utah a combination of future draft considerations, cash and/or a relaxation of the current restrictions on Utah's rights to the pick in question in either 2013 or 2014. At present, Golden State's 2013 pick is top-seven protected and its 2014 pick is top-six protected.
With Utah having only a 28 percent chance of actually winding up with the pick this year, they would be crazy not to work out a deal with Golden State.
Having a 100 percent chance at adding some tangible asset for the upcoming season is much safer than gambling on a pick that should still become available to them at some point over the next two seasons.
The Jazz aren’t exactly lining up to bring in more lottery picks either. They made the postseason with a roster full of young players and have to continue to work on what they have, not add more development projects.
This is a win-win scenario for both teams and should get done sooner than later.