The Golden State Warriors find themselves in a good position as we enter the NBA Draft. They have two lottery picks and will get their championship core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson back at full strength for next season.
More than that, the Warriors have gathered enough assets to pull off a big trade and lure a disgruntled star to the Bay area. They could package both picks with James Wiseman and/or Andrew Wiggins to get it done.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Warriors have been strongly linked to Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal, who's allegedly 'on the fence' about requesting a trade to pursue a bigger challenge elsewhere.
Warriors Are Still Interested In Bradley Beal
(Transcript via The Athletic)
“Some on the Golden State Warriors are watching closely the next move of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Should he become available, he’s at the top of the offseason wishlist.
The Warriors’ trio of stars — Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson — have made it clear to management they want the franchise to focus on the pursuit of a championship, even to consider using their two lottery picks to get someone who can help immediately, sources confirmed. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said their goal this offseason is to add more of a veteran presence.
Should the Warriors go that route, Beal, the Washington Wizards’ guard who made third-team All-NBA, is deemed to be the best player and best fit for the Warriors among the players who could potentially be available this offseason.”
Wizards Could Trade Beal To Warriors But After The NBA Draft
Nonetheless, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle doesn't think there's any traction at this moment, as Beal hasn't officially requested a trade thus making it unlikely that the Warriors will get him before or during the NBA Draft:
"But the longer Beal goes without requesting a trade, the less likely the Wizards are to orchestrate a deal involving him by Thursday evening. A league source told The Chronicle on Wednesday morning that the Warriors’ decision-makers don’t expect a Beal trade — to them or anyone else — before they must make their two lottery picks," Letourneau reported.
Letourneau still didn't rule out the possibility of Beal making his way to the Bay sooner or later and the Warriors will definitely continue to push to get him. But for those angsty fans who wanted to see him on their team right away, that's just not gonna happen.