Golden State Warriors unlikely to use No. 2 pick on James Wiseman

The Golden State Warriors will have a real influence on how the 2020 NBA Draft plays out as they hold the No. 2 overall pick.

Some have speculated that Golden State could use the No. 2 pick in a trade for an established talent or to move down the order. There has also been thought that if the Warriors stay at No. 2, they’d use it on James Wiseman. There’s still plenty that needs to be played out ahead of the NBA Draft.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Connor Letourneau, the Warriors do not feel comfortable allocating the money required for the No. 2 pick on a center. Instead, they will round out that part of their rotation with cheaper options in free agency.

“Everyone I’ve talked to in the organization doesn’t feel comfortable spending the kind of money associated with an early lottery pick on a center when Golden State prefers to play a position-less, up-tempo style. Odds are that the Warriors will round out their center rotation in free agency.”

The main NBA Draft prospect that will be impacted by the Warriors’ insistence on not selecting a center with the No. 2 pick is James Wiseman. It also appears quite unlikely Golden State would select LaMelo Ball either if he were to be available.

The most logical prospects for the Warriors when taking the parameters into consideration are Anthony Edwards, Deni Avdija, or trade down from the No. 2 spot. Golden State could pursue an option like Tyrese Haliburton or Devin Vassell if they were to trade down.

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