The Golden State Warriors have reportedly been "highly active in trade talks" regarding their No. 7 overall pick ahead of next Thursday's 2021 NBA draft.
Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported Thursday on the buzz around the seventh selection, which the Warriors acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the February 2020 blockbuster deal headlined by Andrew Wiggins and D'Angelo Russell.
Golden State also holds it own pick, No. 14 overall, giving the front office two selections inside the lottery to either use on prospects or potentially deal for an instant-impact star.
Dubs general manager Bob Myers didn't tip his hand after the lottery, as he wouldn't commit to using both picks on rookies they planned to keep for the 2021-22 season, telling reporters:
"It depends. If that's the best thing to do, that's what we'll do. But it depends. Some guys are older that can help you more and there are young guys, young guys that can help you. But then you weigh it against what you can do with those picks and I have no idea right now what we can do with 14 or seven or them together, and I'm sure we'll find out and make the best decision we can."
Warriors superstar Stephen Curry also hedged his bets, saying he wouldn't mind two rookies on the roster, but a lot would depend on the potential fit of the prospects available when they're on the clock:
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Would Steph Curry be comfortable with the Warriors adding two more rookies onto the roster?<br><br>"At 7 and 14, there's probably going to be some legit talent there that, if it's the best player and right fit, of course they could make an impact and be ready right away."<br><br>Full answer <a href="https://t.co/Mwe9iiOAzG">pic.twitter.com/Mwe9iiOAzG</a>
Golden State posted a 39-33 record during the 2020-21 season but lost both of its games in the postseason play-in tournament. Yet, a couple of marquee offseason moves could vault the team right back into championship contention.
Klay Thompson is slated to return next season after missing the last two years because of ACL and Achilles injuries. He'll join Curry and Draymond Green, reuniting the franchise's long-term core trio, with Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman penciled in to round out the starting lineup.
Along with the pair of top-15 picks, the Warriors could also try to use a potential Kelly Oubre Jr. sign-and-trade as an offseason asset.
All told, the Warriors are one of the teams most worth watching in the coming weeks because they have the potential to pull off a couple of major deals to help bolster their title hopes.
If they stand pat, they'll likely land a couple of mid-tier prospects who will have to earn a place in the rotation during training camp and the preseason.