NBA Rumors: Rudy Gay or Andre Iguodala to Golden State Warriors for 7th Pick?

Michael DulkaContributor IMarch 1, 2017

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After years of mismanagement and poor personnel decisions, the Golden State Warriors could finally take a step in tight direction come Thursday night's NBA draft.

If reports are true, the Warriors are looking to make a big move with the seventh overall pick.  

Per Bill Ingram of

The Golden State Warriors are desperately looking for some star power, and if they can’t land Dwight Howard they would love to have Rudy Gay. The Warriors also want to unload at least one and perhaps more of their four 2012 draft picks, and would happily package them with a combination of players – including David Lee – to make a trade happen.

First off the bat, the Warriors are aiming quite high with their interest in Dwight Howard, probably too high.

A trade for Howard is unlikely, but if the Warriors can flip the seventh pick for Rudy Gay, the team would be getting a big-name player to feature. 

Rudy Gay would be a huge addition to the Warriors in terms of both pure basketball value and marketing value, as well. Gay is a big-name, All-Star-caliber player that would bring attention to a franchise that hasn't had a true, consistent star in years. 

On the basketball side of things, Gay would add more scoring power to the squad, helping to fill the void left by Monta Ellis.

Gay would be a huge addition to some solid pieces the Warriors already have in place.

Steph Curry has shown his ability to score the basketball, although his health remains an issue. Klay Thompson surprised some in his rookie season. Andrew Bogut has yet to don a Warriors jersey, but if healthy, he will be a force at center. David Lee will continue to prove his value, provided his services are retained.

In shopping the seventh pick, the Warriors are certainly doing their homework.

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According to John N. Mitchell of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Golden State Warriors, with four picks in the draft (7, 30, 35, and 52), are believed to be interested in adding a veteran small forward capable of playing defense to their starting lineup, and naturally Iguodala's name has come up.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN:


Lots of teams calling Denver to trade for Nuggets' young players. 1of several moves being discussed: Wil Chandler to G State for 7th pick

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 27, 2012



Finally, according to ESPNChicago's Ian Whittell, "speculation [is] mounting that Chicago could send Deng to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 7 overall pick."

Gay is the best option at small forward for the Warriors, but players like Andre Iguodala, Wilson Chandler and Luol Deng could also be good additions for the Warriors.

If the Warriors could grab Gay or Iguodala in a trade, either player would also bring a veteran presence that the Warriors don't really have on their roster.   

While any big name would be welcome in Oakland, the most important thing of note coming from the days before the draft is that the Warriors front office appears to be putting its team in a position to improve.

This would be a welcomed change for most Warriors fans after witnessing terrible management and watching their team suffer. 

Whether the Warriors are able to complete a trade, the fans of the organization should take comfort that the team is headed in the right direction.

With the core they have and some likely additions, the Warriors could become competitive in the next few seasons.

Whatever happens on Thursday night, the Warriors are finally in good hands, and the future shows a brighter sky over the Bay Bridge.