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Warriors Rumors: LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman Don't Interest GSW with Top-5 Pick

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2020

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks carries the ball up during their game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney.  LaMelo Ball's bone bruise on his left foot is expected to keep him out of the Illawarra Hawks lineup for the remainder of the National Basketball League season in Australia. The 18-year-old American, who joined Illawarra as part of the NBL's Next Stars program, is expected to be a first-round pick in this year's NBA draft.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
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The Golden State Warriors reportedly aren't interested in selecting former Memphis center James Wiseman or point guard LaMelo Ball with the No. 1 overall pick should they land it in the 2020 draft lottery. 

According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors "aren't believed to be high" on either one with a source saying, "I think they'd only take one of those two if they were trading down in the draft and taking them for another team."

Letourneau also noted if it is picking anywhere between Nos. 2 and 5 in the draft, Golden State could give a "hard look" at selecting Deni Avdija, who some teams believe the five-time reigning Western Conference champions have at No. 2 on their board behind Anthony Edwards.

Edwards, who dazzled with gravity-defying dunks on his way to 19.1 points per game during his lone collegiate season at Georgia, "would likely" be the Warriors pick if they are selecting at No. 1 unless they choose to trade it.

That Golden State, who is projected to land the No. 1 pick by Tankathon, is a realistic possibility for any of these players is surely a scare for the rest of the league.

While this has been a lost season after Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets, Klay Thompson was sidelined by a torn ACL and Stephen Curry was in street clothes for extended stretches with a broken hand, adding a top-five pick to a healthy Splash Brothers combination, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green next season would immediately make the Warriors a threat again in the Western Conference.

Ball could be somewhat repetitive in their offense with Curry handling the ball, shooting from the outside and facilitating in much the same way D'Angelo Russell could have been before they traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wiseman is a talented big, but Golden State has exploited matchup problems with small-ball attacks throughout its recent run of dominance. Wiseman would represent something of a change as someone who does most of his damage around the rim as a double-double threat.

"Unless they're convinced James Wiseman is the class' prize, Golden State wouldn't use a No. 1 pick on a rim-runner who doesn't shoot, pass or defend away from the basket," Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman wrote in his most recent mock draft. "They can find a cheap free agent for that."

Wasserman projected the Warriors to select Edwards with the No. 1 pick, pointing to the fact that "he should also fit coach Steve Kerr's system, given his shot-making and interchangeability between positions."

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