The Golden State Warriors enter the NBA offseason with a clear objective— add pieces to gear for a championship run. The No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft will play a key role in those efforts, whether it ends up being used for Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, or Deni Avdija.
It has become quite difficult to get a read on what the Warriors plan to do with the No. 2 pick. There has been no shortage of speculation regarding a potential trade for a veteran or a trade down. Right now, the top option for Golden State appears to be considered James Wiseman to add size.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the ownership of the Warriors organization could pressure the front office to use the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to select LaMelo Ball if Wiseman isn’t available.
The presumption around the league is that Golden State will settle on Wiseman if he’s there at No. 2. But with the idea that Minnesota may draft him or a team like Charlotte could move up and steal him, what’s Plan B?
A source told Bleacher Report there is a rumor circulating that Warriors ownership could pressure the front office to select Ball if Wiseman is gone. Another source close to Golden State indicates there are both pro-Ball and anti-Ball voices inside the front office.
It’s clear the Warriors would benefit from adding size to better stack up with teams like the Los Angeles Lakers with Anthony Davis. Standing at 7-foot-1, James Wiseman is an intriguing option for Golden State to consider, but he may not be on the board when they’re on the clock.
It seems trading down would be the best course of action for the Warriors if Wiseman were to go No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. LaMelo Ball doesn’t seem like a clean immediate fit with a team looking to win a championship immediately.
Two other options that have been occasionally linked to the Golden State Warriors include Anthony Edwards and Deni Avdija. Neither option appears to be solidifying their placement as one of the top two selections in the 2020 NBA Draft in the weeks leading up to the event.
NBA Analysis Network brings you up-to-date information, news, and analysis about the 2020 NBA Draft and Golden State Warriors, along with all 30 teams in the league. Make sure to give us a follow on Twitter and like our Facebook page.