2012 NBA Draft: Warriors Take Harrison Barnes With No. 7 Pick

The Golden State Warriors have four picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, now they have to figure out how to use them.

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2012 NBA Free Agency: Warriors Could Sign JJ Hickson, According To Report

After being thrown into the national spotlight as the primary reason the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't make a trade for Amare Stoudemire while LeBron James was still in town, J.J. Hickson has bounced around a bit.

And it looks like Hickson will bounce right to the Golden State Warriors.

A source told Fox Sports' Sam Amico that it's "hard to imagine" Hickson signing with anyone besides the Warriors. This should come as no surprise as the love affair between player and team goes back to last season when the Warriors tried to sign him when he was released from the Sacramento Kings but the Portland Trail Blazers claimed him off waivers first.

Hickson is an unrestricted free agent after the Blazers did not give him a qualifying offer.

The Warriors also have interest in Jordan Hill and Kwame Brown as they look to upgrade their frontline depth, according to ESPN.

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2012 NBA Draft Grades: Experts Like Warriors Selection Of Harrison Barnes

The Golden State Warriors had four picks at their disposal for the 2012 NBA Draft, including the seventh overall pick in the first round. The team used their picks to focus landing an elite wing prospect, Harrison Barnes, and then a couple of post players to build on for the future.

Most scouting experts liked what Golden State did on Thursday night, including Chad Ford of ESPN. Here is a part of what Ford said in regards to the Warriors.

Analysis: I felt like this draft really fell the Warriors' way a couple of times. They came into the draft looking to find a starter at small forward. They walked away with two serious candidates with Barnes and Green, who were both projected to go higher than the Warriors' draft position. I know their heart was set on MKG or Waiters, but Barnes is a terrific consolation prize whose pro game may have been a bit obscured at UNC. I think he has Danny Granger-esque potential and, alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, gives the Warriors some serious firepower from the perimeter.

Grade: A-

Ford also said he really liked the pick of Draymond Green, who was about as productive as you can possibly be in college. Should their second second round pick, Festus Ezeli, stay healthy, he could also be a very useful center down the road.

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NBA Draft Grades 2012: Golden State Warriors Get An 'A' For Talented Draft Class

With four picks heading into the 2012 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors were looking to make the most of this year's selections. And instead of trying to make any trades or fall back for cash considerations the W's hung tough and drafted a talented player with each one of their four picks.

Obviously landing a talent like Harrison Barnes is going to make your draft class look great, but they managed to get quality players from top to bottom, leading SB Nation's Tom Ziller to give the Warriors an A in his 2012 NBA Draft Grades.

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

The Warriors made the most of it with a beautiful fit in Barnes, whom we shall now call Dorell Wright Plus. Golden State also did really well later, picking up Ezeli (a promising defensive big man) and Draymond Green, who might be better than David Lee soon enough. (Right?) I don't know what an Ognjen Kuzmic is, but everyone else was taking southeastern Europeans, so why not?

With all of these selections the Warriors will have some maneuvering to do on their roster, but there's always room for a group as big and talented as this one. I guess all that 'tanking' during the season has seemed to actually pay off.

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NBA Draft 2012, Warriors: Reaction To Warriors Harrison Barnes And Other Warriors Picks

The Golden State Warriors were busy at the 2012 NBA Draft, making a full four picks on Thursday night. The Warriors 2012 draft class:

  • Harrison Barnes - 7th Overall
  • Festus Ezeli - 30th Overall
  • Draymond Green - 35th Overall
  • Ognjen Kuzmic - 52nd Overall

SB Nation's Warriors blog Golden State of Mind has plenty of coverage on the Warriors draft results, including a long look at Barnes that was published before the draft:

I don't question that Barnes was a good player even if he didn't accomplish all that college basketball fans expected him to before ever touching a basketball in a powder blue uniform.

Yet there's legitimate reason to question whether Barnes is truly the great prospect or elite talent that people claim he is, especially because he was a college scorer who people expect to transition to a great NBA shooter or as Zeller said, possibly, "...the best shooter in the draft."

His numbers as a prospect simply don't support those claims.

Judging by the fan voting, Warriors fans are pleased with Barnes and the rest of the draft class. It will be interesting to see if everyone embraces Barnes now that he's officially a Warrior. Head over to Golden State of Mind to see what they have to say or to voice your own opinion.

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2012 NBA Draft Results: Warriors Select Ognjen Kuzmic With 52nd Overall Pick

With the 52nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Ognjen Kuzmic, a 7-foot 1-inch Bosnian who has been playing professionally in Spain. He joins Draymond Green from Michigan State, Harrison Barnes from North Carolina and Festus Ezeli from Vanderbilt in the Warriors 2012 Draft class.

Kuzmic drew the attention of the Warriors based on his size and his athletic ability. Draft Express explained his abilities:

Listed at 7'1, 231 pounds, Kuzmic looks every bit of 7-feet and has a terrific wingspan to go along with a strong work ethic on both sides of the floor. While he might not have the explosiveness to throw down tip-dunks from the weakside or power his way above the rim from a stand still due to a lack of lower body strength, the native of Bosnia is a good athlete for a European 7-footer who proves to be surprisingly nimble for a player that size, often showing quick feet hedging the pick and roll and finishing above the rim after hustling up the floor.

Kuzmic could stand to put more weight on his sizable frame and remains a rough prospect with a lot of developing to do, but the Warriors may have found a strong presence on the inside late in the second round.

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2012 NBA Draft Results: Draymond Green Selected By Warriors In Second Round

There were few collegiate players in the country last season who meant more to their team than Draymond Green meant to Michigan State, and now the bulky forward will take his talents to the NBA. The Golden State Warriors selected Green with the 35th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, making him the fifth player taken in the second round.

The Warriors have also drafted Harrison Barnes from North Carolina and Festus Ezeli from Vanderbilt.

Green was measured at 6'8 and 236lbs at the NBA combine, two numbers that are both down a bit from his days at MSU. He averaged 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds a game last season as a senior.

He has a very high basketball IQ and will be a great teammate, but scouts worry about Green's lack of athletic ability. He will also need to improve his lateral movement if he hopes to make it on the defensive end of the court. Questions have always lingered about not having a true position on the floor, but as coaches would say, "the best players play."

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2012 NBA Draft Results: Festus Ezeli Selected By Warriors With 30th Pick

The Golden State Warriors used their second pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, which was No. 30 overall, on a big man to help bolster their front line. The team selected Vanderbilt Commodores forward Festus Ezeli to be the final player taken in the first round, and he should help their rotation immediately.

Ezeli, 22, battled knee issues this past season but was a monster when healthy and able to let everything loose on the court. He clocks in at 6'11 and 255lbs, and averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds this past season in the SEC. A senior, he is still fairly new to organized basketball.

The Warriors will pick next with the 35th overall selection in the second round.

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NBA Draft 2012 Results: Golden State Warriors Select Harrison Barnes With No. 7 Pick

With the seventh pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors picked North Carolina swingman Harrison Barnes. Barnes fills a deep position of need for Golden State at small forward and gives them a versatile perimeter player that can really develop into one of the best scorers in the NBA.

Barnes's athleticism is one of his biggest attributes, and it makes him a very strong small forward at the next level. He can create his own shot and play in perfect spots. Although Barnes struggled in college, there's a very good chance he could perform better at the next level with his NBA measurables.

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2012 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors Making Decision On The Fly

The Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors have picks early in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Kings hold the number five pick, the Warriors the number seven pick. Will they hold onto them or will they take the players they've been targeting?

The decision might not come until both teams are on the clock.

However, their decisions could be based on who the teams ahead of them pick in the first round. The New Orleans Hornets are locked into Anthony Davis, but who the Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers end up taking with the second, third and fourth picks respectively could be a huge factor if they take players those teams want.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: Dion Waiters, Harrison Barnes, Or Trade 7th Pick?

According to a report from Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarwoski, the Golden State Warriors have a bit of a riff inside of their own management as some feel that taking Andre Drummond with the No. 7 overall pick would be a good idea, while others see Dion Waiters or Harrison Barnes as the No. 7 guy. They could even trade back and get a lot of value, so it's obvious that the W's have a lot to think about come draft time this evening.

There's a small pocket of Golden State management that's a proponent of drafting UConn center Andre Drummond with the seventh pick, but several Warriors officials are less enthusiastic about him. Waiters has strong support among the Warriors' front office and coaching staff, along with North Carolina's Harrison Barnes. Waiters' ability to attack the basket and get to the foul line is appealing for a Golden State team that ranked among the league's worst in free-throw attempts.

Golden State has also shown a willingness to trade the No. 7 pick and move back in the first-round if none of the team's desired targets are available. The Warriors also own the 30th pick

Having a large management group such as the Warriors do can have that affect sometimes, though they certainly won't be complaining about their 'problems' in this year's draft.

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NBA Draft 2012: Time, TV Schedule, Results, Grades And More

The 2012 NBA Draft is finally upon us, and everything you need to know about watching is just below. Who will your favorite team select? Will they make a big trade? All of the answers to your questions and more can be answered, but you'll have to tune in to find out!

The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ will host this year's draft, where many of the top prospects will be in attendance.

2012 NBA Draft TV Coverage (all times ET)

ESPN

Coverage of the draft starts at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN as well as on ESPN3. Round 1 will begin approximately at 7:30 p.m.

NBA TV

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., NBA TV will air their Draft Preview show, couting down to the beginning of the 2012 NBA Draft. All day prior to of the draft though NBA TV will air replays of their two NBA Draft Specials:

2012 NBA Draft Preview: The Lottery (previews the top 14 prospects along with predictions) - starting at 6:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

2012 NBA Draft Coming Attractions (highlights the top picks in this year's Draft along with predictions) - starting at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

First Round Draft Order:

1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trail Blazers

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans Hornets

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

15. Philadelphia 76ers

16. Houston Rockets

17. Dallas Mavericks

18. Houston Rockets

19. Orlando Magic

20. Denver Nuggets

21. Boston Celtics

22. Boston Celtics

23. Atlanta Hawks

24. Cleveland Cavaliers

25. Memphis Grizzlies

26. Indiana Pacers

27. Miami Heat

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

29. Chicago Bulls

30. Golden State Warriors

Second Round Draft Order:

1. Charlotte Bobcats

2. Washington Wizards

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Golden State Warriors

6. Sacramento Kings

7. Toronto Raptors

8. Denver Nuggets

9. Detroit Pistons

10. Portland Trail Blazers

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Atlanta Hawks

14. Detroit Pistons

15. Philadelphia 76ers

16. New Orleans Hornets

17. Utah Jazz

18. New York Knicks

19. Orlando Magic

20. Denver Nuggets

21. Boston Celtics

22. Golden State Warriors

23. Los Angeles Clippers

24. Philadelphia 76ers

25. Dallas Mavericks

26. Toronto Raptors

27. Brooklyn Nets

28. Minnesota Timberwolves

29. San Antonio Spurs

30. Los Angeles Lakers

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Bill Simmons Has Andre Drummond To Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are in a very peculiar situation with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and they really could go anywhere with their pick. It will probably all depend on who gets selected before them. Golden State could use perimeter players, solid guard play, and a strong big in the paint. Where should they go with their selection?

Bill Simmons and Chad Ford held their own mock on Grantland, and it has the Warriors taking a risk on Andre Drummond. Simmons tries to explain why Drummond will end up with Golden State based on previous results.

Speaking of toxic, I can't pass on Andre Drummond for Golden State's no. 7 pick. It's just too perfect. Three months ago, I covered Golden State's 60 steps to push its fan base to the point that owner Joe Lacob got lustily booed on Chris Mullin Night. Tanking the last month of the 2012 season while adamantly pretending they weren't tanking — that was Step No. 61. Ending up with a potential heartbreaker like Drummond as the fruit of their tanking labors — that's Step No. 62. It's destiny. I love how much I hate this pick.

Ford adds the following scouting report on Drummond.

If the draft actually plays out that way and Barnes and MKG don't slide, they may very well do that. They really wanted a starting-caliber small forward and Drummond goes against everything owner Joe Lacob says he wants (players with great motors who play hard all the time). With that said, I wonder if we are being too hard on Drummond. He's very young, has the best NBA body/athleticism in a big man we've seen since Dwight Howard and at the very minimum should be able to rebound and block shots at the NBA level.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Warriors Select Andre Drummond According To SI's Sam Amick

The Golden State Warriors are ready to have a big showing at the 2012 NBA Draft, and with four picks this year, their telephones have been busy with potential suitors looking to make a deal. Still, the show must go on, and Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick has the W's selecting big man Andre Drummond with the No. 7 overall selection in his latest version of his NBA Mock Draft.

Here is Amick with the commentary:

Sources confirmed a Comcast SportsNet Bay Area report that owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers traveled to New York on Monday to watch Drummond work out. The Golden State officials also saw a Barnes workout, a surprise considering he previously had worked out for only the top four teams (aside from New Orleans, of course). But a source close to Barnes insisted that the point of the trip was for Lacob and Myers to see Drummond.

It's believed that ownership is in favor of landing a big man, and Drummond offers the potential and upside that could pay dividends for years to come. But there's also a strong push for Syracuse shooting guard Dion Waiters, not to mention the fact that Barnes would be considered if he fell. Or, as I mentioned earlier, Golden State could opt to move up -- either to Sacramento's spot at No. 5 or elsewhere -- in an attempt to land either Kidd-Gilchrist or Robinson.

I think having the reputation of a guy without much of a motor isn't going away, and the W's would be ill suited to select a big man out of UConn that has similar deficiencies to Hasheem Thabeet. The Warriors will hopefully stay away from this guy, or make him part of a nice trade.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: Denver Nuggets Eyeing Deal For No. 7 Pick?

The Golden State Warriors are just one day away from the NBA Draft, meaning the scuttlebutt is flying around like a swarm of locusts, engulfing people in their tittle-tattle and hearsay.

Here's another one for the gossip mill, reported by ESPN"s Chris Broussard

Per ESPN's Chris Broussard on Twitter:

This deal is not cap-ready as is, as a player such as Dorrell Wright woud have to be thrown in the mix. Nevertheless, the W's would be ill-suited to give up such a high draft pick this year, even though there aren't many home-run selections aside from Anthony Davis. And Wilson Chandler is certainly not a home run either.

I think Tim Kawakami has the right perspsctive on all of this:

Yup. Just because two teams are talking, doesn't mean that chat will lead to anything.

Oh, yeah, almost forgot about that too. Guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Warriors Take Dion Waiters In First Round

The Golden State Warriors are going to be a difficult team to read heading into the 2012 NBA Draft. This isn't a team with any glaring weaknesses on the roster and they're certainly capable of making a playoff run if they're healthy, but that has eluded the team in recent seasons.

They could elect to go with a big man such as Andre Drummond, but he will take at least a few years to develop into a reliable post player (if he ever does). The same goes for a forward such as John Henson or Perry Jones III. Waiting around for a young player to possibly blossom into a starter doesn't exactly seem appealing to the W's.

Golden State could also go with a guard to help improve their backcourt, and that's exactly what the latest mock draft from Draft Express projects them to do.

This has been one of the toughest picks to lock down over the last few weeks. As of late, Jerry West appears to have pushed this front office (and ownership) in the direction of Dion Waiters, despite the fact that he has refused to work out for the team and has not conducted a physical or even an interview with the Warriors. Surely this will set a bad precedent in coming years for how agents should conduct themselves during the draft process, which could cause some push-back from the league office, but for now, it looks fairly likely that Waiters is the pick here.

Waiters was a very good player in college, although he appears to be a bit of a tweener at the NBA level. There is no denying his talent though, and he could become a very reliable asset for the Warriors down the road if he finds himself a niche in the rotation.

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2012 NBA Draft: Warriors Fly To NYC For Private Workouts Of Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond

According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz, Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers and owner Joe Lacob flew to New York for private workouts for UConn center Andre Drummond and UNC small forward Harrison Barnes. The Warriors hold the no. 7 pick in the draft.

The combination of the two players gives some insight into what the Warriors are looking to accomplish.

Drummond is a raw but athletic big man who would add depth and athleticism to a small frontline. The Warriors attempted to pry DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers last summer and Drummond might as well be Jordan's little brother. Drummond is one of the high-risk, high-reward players in the draft with a lot of upside but a lot of doubts surrounding his lack of skills at this stage in his development.

Barnes is a shooter who plays well off of others. He may struggle to get his own shot in the NBA and his ability to guard other small forwards will be a question he needs to answer early. But he can shoot, spread the floor and seamlessly fall into line with his teammates, which are qualities any team would want. He won't be a first option on offense but you can do much worse than Barnes as a third or fourth.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: Golden State Intrigued By Tyler Zeller

The Golden State Warriors probably don't have a good read on who they want to pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The seventh spot is such a volatile place because you're almost entirely dependent on who the teams ahead of you pick in the draft, and you're not ever really sure until draft day if this is the guy you actually want.

One interesting draft rumor is really making the rounds. How about Golden State grabbing themselves a young center? NBADraft.net has the latest buzz.

We hear that Tyler Zeller has entered the mix for the Warriors at the 7th pick because Warriors executive Jerry West loves him.

Seven seems awfully high for a player that many projected as a mid-late first coming into the season.

The team could always look to trade down a few spots to the 10-12 range and likely still be able to grab him.

It's looking like the Andris Biedrins era is nearing an era and Andrew Bogut will be the primary big, so Zeller could provide a secondary presence in the paint, meaning the Warriors would have two solid post presences for the first time in forever.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Golden State Warriors Take Damian Lillard, Jeff Taylor

The Golden State Warriors have plenty of needs they have to shore up in the 2012 NBA Draft, and they thankfully have plenty of picks to improve their mediocre situation. Golden State has two first round draft picks and two second round picks, including the seventh overall.

SB Nation has their blogger mock, and Nate Parham of Golden State of Mind decided to address one of their needs and take the best point guard on the board. With their lottery pick, Golden State snatches point guard Damian Lillard from Weber State to give their team a true leader at the 1.

The GSoM community draft board has Lillard rated the highest of any one left on the board at this point so that's the pick we're making here.

His biggest asset in terms of a quality the Warriors currently is to be his ability to penetrate and score. He can shoot 3's and drive. In addition, with Stephen Curry's health concerns having someone who might be able to handle the ball and function as a lead ball handler makes someone who can fill that spot make sense, despite the ongoing desire for a big man. The fact that he's an Oakland native certainly doesn't hurt, but some might argue he's just the best player available.

The Warriors take Jeff Taylor with their second pick in the first round, the small forward from Vanderbilt.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: Dion Waiters Targeted If Damian Lillard Not Available

The Golden State Warriors probably need a small forward to provide more perimeter versatiltiy, and they could also use a big man with defensive capability and protection of the rim. They might end up with neither as all the best prospects could be off the board by the time they get to the seventh spot where Golden State is picking.

Golden State might also use another guard with Stephen Curry always struggling with health issues and Klay Thompson establishing himself at the two. The first possibility is Damian Lillard (probably the best point guard on the board) from Weber State, but it's likely that the Portland Trail Blazers might be locking in on him.

So who could Golden State if Lillard isn't available? Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com has this report.

Dion Waiters is a strong possibility to become the third guard behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as Golden State hopes Curry ditches the ankle injuries once and for all after they ruined his 2011-12. Oakland product Damian Lillard would be considered as well, but may not get there with the Blazers at No. 6 and needing a point guard. Terrence Ross is also in the mix, the Bay Area News Group reports.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Golden State Warriors Pick Damian Lillard

The Golden State Warriors probably don't know who they're going to pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The seventh spot is a danger zone and it's hard to figure out who to take until you know who's been taken ahead of you. It would seem if Golden State had a choice, they'd try and take the best potential wing player available, or possibly even a big man.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress released his latest mock though, and it has the Warriors dipping back and taking another guard. In this case it's a local prospect, one Damian Lillard of Weber State (but originally from Oakland).

Breaking the draft down into tiers, it's clear there are a few large dropoffs in value. One is between picks one and two. Another is right here. The player who is picked at seven could very well have been drafted at 17 under different circumstances. The Warriors have a group of about 10 players to choose from, and don't have any type of consensus at this point about who they might take. Lillard appears to be the best long-term prospect on the board in terms of sheer value, and should be able to see minutes alongside Stephen Curry thanks to his excellent size and perimeter shooting ability.

That being said, Golden State has wing issues and big man issues. Taking a guard doesn't really alleviate their problems, even if Curry is probably better suited for pairing up with Klay Thompson at the two and a three guard lineup of Lillard, Curry and Thompson could present matchup problems for the rest of the league.

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2012 NBA Draft: St. John's Prospect Moe Harkless To Attend Warriors Workout

St. John's prospect Moe Harkless will attend a group workout for the Golden State Warriors, reports Tim Kawakami via Twitter. Harkless is someone the Warriors have been looking at for some time, as SB Nation Bay Area has previously reported.

Harkless has good size and is considered a raw player, but he did perform well enough to earn Big East Rookie of the Year honors. He averaged 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Red Storm. He was ranked 17th in Draft Express' Top 100 Prospects, and they had this to say:

Harkless definitely looks the part of a NBA player from a physical standpoint. Standing somewhere around 6'8 with an excellent wingspan and a wiry frame, he has ideal size for the NBA small forward position. He must continue to get stronger, but should have no problem doing so in time as he matures and his body fills out. He is a very good athlete as well, looking fluid and explosive around the basket, and showing a solid first step and excellent quickness in transition. Furthermore, Harkless is a scrappy player, with solid energy and aggressiveness, which allows him to capitalize on his athletic potential.

The Warriors have the seventh overall pick, so a selection of Harkless would be a jump up the board for him. Things rarely shake out as expected at the draft, though, so we'll have to wait and see who the Warriors select.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Warriors Select SG Dion Waiters From Syracuse

The 2012 NBA Draft is fast approaching. The Golden State Warriors are sitting pretty with four draft picks as they continue attempting to rebuild.

In Sam Amick's latest mock draft for Sports Illustrated, he speculates that the Warriors will use the No. 7 overall pick to select shooting guard Dion Waiters of the Syracuse Orange. Here is Amick's take:

When Terrence Jones and Baylor forward Perry Jones faced off in a June 11 workout for Golden State, the Warriors were hoping that one of those two prospects would show an ability to play small forward and possibly become their pick as a result. But that didn't happen, and I'm told that Waiters has supplanted Terrence Jones (who was slotted seventh in Mock 2.0) on the team's wish list. Things remain fluid here (and almost everywhere else), but Waiters' ability to make an immediate impact offensively while also playing some point guard is appealing to a number of lottery teams. The Warriors have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as their backcourt of the future, meaning that Waiters could be a good fit in his college role as a high-octane sixth man. Golden State would love to move up and grab either Kidd-Gilchrist or Robinson, but they're unlikely to pull off such a tall order.

The Warriors certainly have a number of picks available to them this high in the draft order. Waiters would be a solid selection.

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Golden State Warriors Indeed Interested in Brandon Roy, Per Report

Golden State general manager Bob Myers said Friday that the Warriors do indeed have interest in former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who is currently training to play in 2012-13, and has stated his desire to do so.

"It's a possibility." Myers noted when asked if Roy could be in the Warriors' plans. "He's an easy phone call to make."

"I told (Roy) when he was amnesty-ed ... ‘I hope this isn't it for you. Make sure this isn't it. He's said publicly he wants to come back, so I'll start to talk to him. It depends how everything goes for us and what his expectations are and all of that. But absolutely I'll talk to him."

Roy was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2006-07 and was named to the league's All-Star game three times. Per Yahoo! and HoopsWorld.com, Roy announced via twitter that he was making a comeback. "Lord willing, I will play again soon," he said. "Yes, I'm preparing for a comeback. I'm training daily. I'm preparing for a return next year. I appreciate the love. Hopefully I'll be back on the floor soon. Health is good."

Roy was waived with an amnesty clause from the Portland Trail Blazers last December and under NBA rules, would not be eligible to return to the Blazers until his initial contract is up, in 2014-15. He can, however, play for Golden State, if they follow up on their interest.

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NBA Draft Rumor: Damian Lillard And Golden State Warriors A Perfect Fit?

Oakland-native and Golden State Warriors fan Damian Lillard would not mind the Warriors drafting him at No. 7 overall. Lillard made this notion clear in a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury:

I grew up a Warriors fan, I'm still a Warriors fan. ... If I go somewhere else next year, that'll be the first year I haven't been a Warriors fan. I would love to play for my hometown team.

Lillard is considered by most experts to be the 2012 NBA Draft's top point guard prospect. SB Nation's Jonathan Tjarks ranked Lillard as his No. 1 point guard available:

Lillard has the best combination of speed and skill among this year's PGs. A long and athletic 6'2, 185-pound guard with an excellent three-point stroke (41 percent from beyond the arc), he averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds and four assists on 52 percent shooting as a senior.

As an alumni of Oakland HS, being drafted by the Warriors because of his talent and potential would be a dream come true for Lillard. The four-year player at Weber State will not only be playing for his hometown team, but could have the chance of becoming an actual NBA star for the Warriors.

The Warriors will obviously benefit financially when they market a hometown product, but since this hometown product is an actual legitimate NBA talent, Lillard ends up being a very attractive option for the Warriors at No. 7 overall.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: W's Eyeing Luol Deng? Possible Trade With Heat or Thunder?

The Contra Costa Times' Marcus Thompson brings us a number of notes on the Golden State Warriors when it comes to making trades, draft day moves, and even whom they may be looking to draft this year.

First off, Thompson brings up this:

Per the NBA rumor mill, the Chicago Bulls are entertaining giving up Luol Deng to get into the NBA draft lottery. According to sources, Golden State hasn't talked with Chicago about Deng yet. But Deng is on the Warriors' short list of veteran small forwards they'd be interested in.

That is, of course, if the Bulls want to take anything the W's have to offer. Thompson sees a scenario in which the No. 7 overall pick and possibly a Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson would be part of the deal; not exactly a pair of exciting prospects.

Thompson also notes a possible tie to the Oklahoma City Thunder or Miami Heat, who may be looking to trade out of the first round of the draft this year to avoid having another guaranteed contract on their roster:

According to NBA whispers, both are looking at trading out of the first round...The Thunder (No. 27) and Heat (No. 28), and even Chicago at No. 29, might be just as happy with the No. 35 pick, which the Warriors can offer along with No. 52.

Why would the Warriors do this? It would give them three first-round picks. That would allow them trade two, to move up or get a veteran they like, and still draft a first-rounder.

Thompson is also reporting that Golden State is looking for the best player available no matter what, though also notes that the difference between the top tier of this year's draft and the late first and second rounders isn't that big, meaning there is a lot of solid talent and not many LeBron James tucked in there.

The possible permutations of the W's draft process is beyond mind-boggling, and with the closed-doors approach that the team is taking, it's hard to read just what their though process is. Names like Dion Waters, Terrence Ross, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Andre Drummond are swirling about as possible No. 7 picks, but it all depends on what happens before them, and of course, any trades being made.

It seems that the Warriors are waiting to see what comes to them in my opinion, which means we may have to wait all the way until draft day to see what they are up to. Going to be an exciting week for the W's front office, that's for sure.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Terrence Jones, Evan Fournier Picked By Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors could use more versatile players with elite athleticism to get his team back on the winning basketball path. Right now Golden State seems to be confined to having plenty of scorers but not enough playmakers or defensive ability. If the Warriors are to improve, they need to upgrade at multiple positions and particularly at the forward spots.

Matt Moore of CBS Sports released his latest mock draft, and it has the Warriors taking someone who fits the bill in Kentucky's Terrence Jones who can provide Golden State with an elite athlete on the perimeter that can be the first step to upgrading the team's perimeter profile.

A clean start for the Blazers at point guard after the trouble over the past few years. Lillard is a scoring point so LaMarcus Aldridge may take a downtick, but without Nate McMillan to kill their souls, a new point guard could flourish with the kind of athletes Portland has.

The Warriors take Evan Fournier with their 30th pick to provide yet another wing talent.

They want wings, they get wings. A steal here, given his status, the Warriors pick up a great prospect without having to reach for him.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: Golden State Targets Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes

The Golden State Warriors are stuck in that strange position at the seventh overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. All the potential top prospects who are likely to pan out and perform at a high level will probably be gone, leaving the Warriors with trying to sort out who will be the best of the complimentary players.

There's no doubt Golden State would love to take Harrison Barnes if he falls to them--the Warriors have deep issues they need to correct on the perimeter. Unfortunately for Golden State, the Warriors aren't quite alone in wanting a player of Barnes's caliber, and he will probably be gone before Golden State will have the chance to pick him. So Golden State might have to look elsewhere to fill their needs.

Perhaps a big man like Barnes's teammate Tyler Zeller could help fix things up. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News has this to report.

If form holds and no top-tier wing drops to them, the Warriors’ pick could be another North Carolina product–big man Tyler Zeller.

Zeller wouldn’t be a sexy choice, and he doesn’t project to be a starting NBA center. But Zeller can rebound, shoot and run and figures to be an immediate producer backing up both post positions.

Remember, both Andrew Bogut and David Lee finished last season on the injured list, Andris Biedrins can’t be counted on even for cameo minutes, and Jeremy Tyler remains a large question mark.

For now, it sounds like the Warriors brass has Zeller ranked ahead of the other second- or third-tier big men, including Illinois’ Meyers Leonard and North Carolina’s John Henson.

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Warriors Offseason: Defense Has 'A Ways To Go' According To Mike Malone

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone is regarded as one of the best basketball minds still with the 'assistant' title to his name remaining in the NBA.

Malone joined 'After the Game' with Larry Biel on Tuesday to discuss some of his feelings about the Warriors, to which he admits they have 'a ways to go,' especially on defense.

"When you come in as a new staff, Mark Jackson, myself and all the coaches and you try to change a culture and change a system, that takes time," Malone said. "And the worst thing we could have had was a lockout because it shortened training camp and you basically have no practice time as the year goes on.

"We definitely tried and we made strides at times. But we're nowhere close to being where we need to be in order to be a competitive team that has to get back to the playoffs. We have a lot of room to grow defensively and offensively."

The Warriors were a better defensive team in 2011-12 than they were last season in terms of points allowed per game, owning a 101.2 points per game this year after a 105.7 mark the season prior. Still, they were 27th in points allowed in 2010-11 and 28th in that category in 2011-12, so the upgrade was incredibly marginal.

"We do whatever it takes to put these players in a position to have success," Malone said. "Obviously, we have to do a better job of that next year. Working for Mark is great ... 17 years in the NBA ... a wealth of knowledge ... played for some unbelievable coaches and basketball minds during his career. Obviously, he paid his dues and got his job and he did a very good job. And obviously we all have to do a better job next year - from the coaches to the players."

This is certainly the most vocal Malone has been about the W's deficiencies as Mark Jackson does not allow his assistants to speak with the media much during the season. Golden State should feel lucky to have a coach such as Malone on their staff, because he is certainly seen as a hot commodity elsewhere around the league.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: John Henson Selected By Golden State Warriors

Ok everybody, the NBA Draft in right around the corner and the Golden State Warriors have their hands full of picks. They can trade em away from proven NBA talents, or hoard them and selected four young up-and-comers. My guess is they do a little of both, while legendary basketball analyst Tom Ziller and his latest NBA Mock Draft have the W's selecting John Henson out of the University of North Carolina with the No. 7 overall pick.

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

The Warriors are not mysterious in the sense that it's pretty clear they'd be silly to skip taking one of the excellent big men assuredly available. They are mysterious in the sense that I, for one, have no freaking clue which one they'll pick. I almost granted them Jared Sullinger, whose back issue was refuted strongly by agent David Falk and who looks like a good fit. But if Golden State is a little worried, Henson is a good replacement for Ekpe Udoh.

Well, with ownership like movie-mogul Peter Guber a little suspense added to any Warriors plot line is a good thing, right? Love him or hate him, Heston will be a decent fit, just as Ekpe Udoh was decent and Kwame Brown was decent and Lou Amundson was...well, you get the picture.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Golden State Warriors Take Jared Sullinger, Although Maybe Not So Much Anymore

The Golden State Warriors need to get better size-wise, and there appear to be no better fits for the Dubs than Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger. With Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson likely getting picked in either the top two or three and Andre Drummond probably filling in the cracks somewhere with a team willing to take a risk on the UConn big. DraftExpress does have the Warriors taking Sullinger to pair up with Andrew Bogut in the frontcourt.

However, the latest rumors about Sullinger's back issues might very well put an end to that possibility. Red flags like those are likely to send his draft stock tumbling down to a team that is willing to take on a player who figures to be a bit of a physical rehabilitation project. That could send Golden State looking toward another big man like John Henson or Meyers Leonard, possibly even Perry Jones or Tyler Zeller. The Warriors do need size, but it's unlikely they will risk the time it'll take to get Sullinger all fixed up.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Jared Sullinger's Back Could Hurt Stock

The Golden State Warriors almost have more picks than they know what to do with in the 2012 NBA Draft. Sheridan Hoops latest Mock Draft has the Warriors picking the Ohio State PF Jared Sullinger with the seventh pick.

However, sources told ESPN.com that the Buckeyes big fella has been medically red flagged by numerous team doctors for Sullinger's balky back. Sullinger missed two games last year due to back spasms.

Sullinger, who is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA draft, underwent a series of medical tests at the NBA draft combine a week ago. According to sources, the doctors who looked at Sullinger were concerned with Sullinger's back. A number of NBA team doctors have reviewed the information from the NBA and have told their front office staff that Sullinger's back issues could shorten his NBA career and some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round.


Ohio State coach Thad Matta said Sullinger is in fine shape and Sullinger's father came to the verbal rescue of the two-time All American, referring to the injury merely as tight hamstrings and tight quads.

Sullinger worked out with New Orleans on Monday and has already showcased for the Warriors and the Portland Trailblazers. He is scheduled to meet with the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Caviliers and the Detroit Pistons later this week.

Despite being one of the best college players on the board, the medical concerns may cause Sullinger to fall out of the top 10 picks. In 2009, Pittsburg's DeJaun Blair was red flagged for having balky knees and fell completely out of the first round - despite being one of the most accomplished college big men in the draft.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Golden State Warriors To Select Jared Sullinger, Draymond Green, Darius Miller And Tu Holloway

The Golden State Warriors have plenty of picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, and the latest mock from Sheridan Hoops has the Warriors taking a variety of players.

With the seventh overall selection, staff writer Joe Kotoch has the Warriors taking forward Jared Sullinger out of Ohio State. Sullinger has shown his ability to dominate down low and could be a solid option down low.

"Sullinger silenced a lot of skeptics by measuring in at a legit 6'9" and toning up at the Chicago combine. Combined with his polished post game and on court IQ, Sullinger should be able to provide valuable minutes as a rookie backing up David Lee and Andrew Bogut."

The second selection that the Warriors have will be the 30th overall selection, in which he believes that Golden State will take another Big Ten product, Michigan State forward Draymond Green. According to Kotoch, Green does not have the "star power" that some other first-round prospects have, but that he should be a productive player for a long time.

As for the second round, Golden State has two selections. Kotoch believes that the Warriors will use them to select Xavier point guard Tu Holloway and Kentucky small forward Darius Miller. Holloway profiles to be the back-up point guard that the team desperately needs, while Miller could be a viable upgrade to the perimeter depth.

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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Damian Lillard To Workout With Hometown Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are expected to take a post player in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, but that will not stop them from weighing any and all options with the No. 7 pick. A recent story from Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times reports that Weber State point guard, Damian Lillard, will do a private workout with the Warriors on Sunday.

Lillard is considered to be the top point guard in the class, although he really doesn't have much competition. His stock has risen in recent weeks though, and he could be a top-10 pick by the time it's all said and done.

Golden State officially announced the workout schedule for Sunday. The six-man group is not the real story. The real story is the seventh guy: Damian Lillard. He's going to wait until the six guys workout, then he's going to do a private workout for the Warriors - at Golden State's request.

The point guard from Weber State, who is from Oakland, is projected to go top 10. Could he be going No. 7 to the Warriors? Could the Warriors be sizing him up to see who wants him, and maybe use him as trade bait? Or do they know they don't want him but want to do their due diligence on the prospects in their backyard?

The article speculates a potential draft-and-trade deal with the Portland Trail Blazers in order to bring a power forward such as J.J. Hickson to Golden State, although that was all just a guess from Thompson.

It doesn't appear that Lillard is a legitimate fit for the Warriors at No. 7, but the fact that they're working him out says something. A team should keep all of their options open on draft night, and that's exactly what the W's are doing.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Warriors Select Jared Sullinger, Washington Guard Tony Wroten

The Golden State Warriors need to continue adding talent to their roster if they hope to make a return to the playoffs in the coming years. The team has two picks during the first round (7, 30) of the 2012 NBA Draft, and they're expected to take a big man with the first one.

The latest mock draft from Yahoo! Sports and Draft Express has the Warriors taking two guys with very high upside. The first is Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, who might have been the No. 1 pick this time last year.

Jared Sullinger: PF/C, 20, 6-9, 280, Ohio State, Sophomore

Breaking the draft down into tiers, it's clear there are a few large drop-offs in perceived value. One is between picks one and two. Another is right here. The player who is picked at seven could very well have been drafted at 17 under different circumstances. The Warriors have a large group of about 10 prospects to choose from, and don't have any type of consensus at this point about who they might take. The next week will start to clear that up.

The final pick of the first round, No. 30 overall, is combo-guard Tony Wroten from Washington.

Tony Wroten: PG/SG, 19, 6-5, 180, Washington, Freshman

With four draft picks at their disposal, the Warriors can afford to swing for the fences this late in the first round. Washington freshman Tony Wroten has the size, ball-handling skills and instincts to develop into a real asset down the road. Having a former point guard in head coach Mark Jackson to mentor him could speed up his development. Given Wroten's excellent size, the Warriors could find a way to play him and Stephen Curry together at times.

For as talented as Wroten is, he reportedly has character and teammate issues, and his jump shot is pretty awful. He would be a project, but as the blurb mentions above, Golden State could take a risk on him since they have so many draft picks.

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2012 NBA Draft: Golden State Warriors Work Out Jared Sullinger, John Henson, Marquis Teague And More

The Golden State Warriors have so many draft picks (the 7th, the 30th, the 35th and the 52nd) that it makes sense for them to work out as many players as possible. This week they will be working out several players, all of whom could be useful for Golden State in the near future.

Here's the list of names courtesy of Sam Amick.

Jared Sullinger of Ohio State is a definitely lottery pick, and he definitely could be a complementary big man at the next level.

John Henson from North Carolina could also be picked pretty high considering his athleticism and overall upside, with the possibility of becoming a starting power forward in the future.

Marquis Teague from Kentucky is also a possibility later on as a potential future point guard for the team.

Other players being worked out include Andrew Young from Clemson, Michael Eric from Temple, and Bernard James from Florida State, who could be picked later on.

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NBA Mock Draft: Warriors Select Terrence Jones, Quincy Miller In First Round According to SI's Sam Amick

The Golden State Warriors have a lot of options this year with four picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, but none more important than their first round selection in this deep and talented draft class. And according to Sports Illustrated's NBA guru Sam Amick, the W's will select Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones with the No. 7 overall pick .

Below is Amick's commentary on his selection, and how he fits into the Warriors game plan.

PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
7 PF
Terrence Jones
Kentucky
So. 6-10 252

The Terrence Jones buzz has been growing at Golden State, and he's as likely a pick as any if the team actually holds on to it. It doesn't hurt that he's represented by the same agency from which new general manager and former agent Bob Myers hails (the Wasserman Media Group), which was also the case when the team pursued Clippers center DeAndre Jordan as a restricted free agent last summer. But the win-now mode that owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have entered after trading for Andrew Bogut last season means they're looking for veteran small forward help (or, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, to trade up for Kidd-Gilchrist). This Jones or the one he faced off with in a Monday workout (Perry) doesn't appear ready to make that sort of impact right away.

As for Miller, Amick feels he is also a terrific fit for Golden State:

PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
30 SF
Quincy Miller
Baylor
Fr. 6-10 218
The Warriors wouldn't be relying on Miller to fill their need for a starting small forward, but he has enough talent to make you wonder if he could eventually play that role. Miller, whose torn ACL during his senior season in high school set him back after he was Slam magazine's top prospect of the 2011 class in 2010, said he expects to go anywhere from the late lottery to "the 20s." But he could also fall into the second round.

You can check out Amick's complete mock draft right here.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Jared Sullinger Taken By Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors will have the 7th overall pick at the 2012 NBA Draft. While the team already has some talent on the roster, they could certainly benefit from a strong showing in the first round. This is a team that has not drafted very well in recent years, and there is a considerable drop off in talent after the first five picks or so.

The latest mock draft from Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports has the Warriors going with Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger.

Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State: He checked in at a legit 6-foot-9 at the combine -- and he's a guy who can give Mark Jackson and the Warriors an insurance policy for Andrew Bogut and added depth up-front.

Sullinger certainly has the size and strength to be an impact player in the paint for years to come, but his weight and conditioning have been issues in the past. And while he appears to be one of the more NBA-ready players in the draft, his lack of a solid mid-range jump shot and limited athleticism will likely limit his potential down the road.

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2012 NBA Draft: Warriors Take A Hard Look At St. John's Moe Harkless

One of the more fun parts about NBA Draft time is the rise and falls of draft stocks. Players who aren't suspected early on to go that high wow scouts and GMs into making them lottery picks, while guys who performed during the season may drop some due to lackluster workouts. It happens every year.

One player moving up draft boards who has impressed, among others, the Golden State Warriors, is St. John's Moe Harkless. Here's what ESPN's Chad Ford had to say about Harkless' performance this weekend at the NBA Draft Combine.

Harkless also appeared to make the leap this weekend, going from interesting prospect to potential lottery pick. He still has a ways to go as far as making his game translate to the next level, but the raw athletic ability and elite size for his position, combined with an excellent showing both on the court and in interviews seems to have really improved his stock. I've heard his name as high as no. 7 to the Golden State Warriors and no. 8 to the Toronto Raptors.

Ford currently has Harkless going no. 21 to the Celtics in his most recent mock draft and has him ranked no. 20 on his big board, so moving up to the no. 7 spot would be a huge jump. But the Warriors need a starting small forward and at 6-foot-9, 207 pounds, Harkless is the perfect size to fill that role.

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2012 NBA Draft: Warriors Work Out Kentucky's Terrence Jones, Baylor's Perry Jones III

The Golden State Warriors hosted a workout on Monday that included North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, McNeese State guard Patrick Richard, Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli and BYU-Hawaii guard Jet Chang.

But all eyes were on the Joneses - Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Baylor's Perry Jones III.

The Joneses went after it against each other and they each tried to prove that they were worthy of getting a look at no. 7, the first of four picks held by the Warriors, who are looking to add a starting small forward with that selection, according to the Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thompson III.

"They were going at it," Ezeli said. "(Perry) was doing what he does - getting to the rack. And Terrence was playing good defense. They were just going at it. It was a competitive day."

Though both players played well, neither did enough to erase doubts that they can play small forward at the next level. Both are tweeners who are looking more and more like versatile power forwards than small forwards, even if both feel they can play either position at the next level.

"I want to be the most versatile player," Perry Jones said. "I want to use all my abilities."

"I just feel I'm a basketball player," Terrence Jones said. "Wherever the coach wants to play me, I will do my best in my role to help the team win. I played a lot of both (positions). I feel comfortable playing both. So it really doesn't matter."

It matters to the Warriors.

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Rudy Gay Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors Could Deal David Lee, Draft Picks For Grizzlies Forward

The Memphis Grizzlies have appeared to make a conscious decision this offseason to entertain offers for their talented forward Rudy Gay. Gay had another solid season with the Grizzlies, but couldn't help lift the team over the hump against the Los Angeles Clippers and eventually bowed out in the first round. The Grizzlies are thus looking to try and get the best possible offer for Gay to see if they could find more players that would fit their system and make the team better.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reports that the Golden State Warriors are one of the teams that are very interested in getting Gay.

The Golden State Warriors are desperately looking for some star power, and if they can’t land Dwight Howard they would love to have Rudy Gay. The Warriors also want to unload at least one and perhaps more of their four 2012 draft picks, and would happily package them with a combination of players – including David Lee – to make a trade happen.

Other teams that have rumored interest in Gay include the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Toronto Raptors.

The Warriors have a lot of picks they could unload to try and grab Gay, and he would instantly upgrade Golden State and give them a versatile perimeter option they've always lacked. Pair Gay with Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut and Golden State suddenly has a foundation. The Grizzlies get another inside threat in Lee and draft picks with which to build for the future growth of the team.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Kentucky Forward Terrence Jones Taken By Warriors

The Golden State Warriors will have the seventh overall pick at the 2012 NBA Draft. Most of those around the league believe the team will go with a wing or big man in the first round to compliment their high-scoring guards, although a trade could also be in the cards if an opportunity presents itself.

The latest mock draft from ESPN's Chad Ford has the Warriors taking Terrence Jones, a wing/forward from the University of Kentucky. Here are a few thoughts on Jones and Golden State from Ford.

Analysis: There was a month or two during his freshman season when scouts debated whether Jones was a potential No. 1 pick in the draft. That talk has faded, but it's clear that he has enormous potential in a very unique mold. If the Warriors could get him to play hard all the time, he could be the answer for them at the 4.

Jones is ready for the NBA physically and could be a strong option for the Warriors on the wing, although as Ford mentions he could be an option at the four-spot down the road. Golden State will begin working out individual players in the coming weeks.

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NBA Free Agents 2012: Josh Howard Likes Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are looking for more versatility, and they do seem to be interested in upgrading themselves at the small forward position. Their biggest interest this offseason is getting a great player at the three like Rudy Gay or Andre Iguodala. It might even go beyond that, as the Warriors seem to be interested in getting a lot of quality players this offseason.

Josh Howard does seem to be one of those players interested in joining up with Golden State. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle has this to report.

Free-agent swingman Josh Howard has shown interest in playing for the Warriors, according to team sources. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound 32-year-old and Warriors scouting director Larry Riley were together in Dallas (2003-06).

The Warriors want an upgrade at their starting small-forward spot, but Howard probably isn't a better option than Brandon Rush, Richard Jefferson or Dorell Wright. Howard, who had his best season in 2007-08 but could wind up playing for his fourth team in four years this fall, averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists for Utah last season.

Howard played well in limited minutes for Utah last season, and paired up with a solid starting small forward, Golden State could really improve in terms of their perimeter ability.

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NBA Draft 2012: Warriors Eye Potential Picks, Talk Possible Trades At NBA Combine

According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty SImmons, the Golden State Warriors are looking at number of possible scenarios for its four draft picks in 2012, including possibly making a trade with some or all of them for a current NBA starter such as Andre Iguodala, trading up to get a top-five prospect in this year's draft or even moving back.

"Having four picks is a tremendous situation to be in, and I think we can do some good things with it," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. "We're excited. We have a tremendous amount of assets, which puts us in good shape to explore a variety of opportunities. It's up to us to make something of it.

The W's already have a lot of youngsters on the club, including possibly four players who were rookies last year in Klay Thompson, Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler and Chris Wright. Myers would like to have some veteran talent added to the core of youngsters he already has instead of sacking their deck with rookies and second year players.

Along with Iguodala Portland's Nicolas Batum, Chicago's Luol Deng, Memphis' Rudy Gay, Indiana's Danny Granger and Atlanta's Josh Smith are all on the W's radar as well.

Ideally, according to Simmons, The Warriors would like to trade the No. 7 pick and one of their two picks in the 30s along with Dorell Wright for an upgrade at the small forward position. They would then be free to use the remaining pick on another big man perhaps, and still retain the mid-level exception to offer a veteran free-agent.

The W's are very keen on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, whom they feel would be the best fit in this year's draft to their current roster, though Simmons notes that it would be logical to take a player like Jared Sullinger with the No. 7 pick if he is still on the board as Gilchrist likely won't be. Still, moving back could prove lucrative as well, stacking picks in later drafts while getting some more un-heralded talents.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: Bradley Beal A Potential Pick At No. 7?

NBADraft.net's latest mock draft has the Golden State Warriors selecting Bradley Beal at No. 7 overall. The Warriors will still have the chance to pick a quality shooting guard even if Beal is off the board by the time they make their pick. Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Ross and Austin Rivers are other two-guards the Warriors could be considering.

Other mock drafts have linked the Warriors to Ohio State standout Jared Sullinger, but Sullinger's low ceiling as a prospect has some mock drafts, including NBADraft.net's, projected as a mid to late first round pick and not a lottery pick.

Here is a snippet of Beal's scouting report from NBADraft.net:

Talented shooting guard with a prototypical skill-set for the position ... Strong build ... Has solid size, standing about 6'4" in shoes with a 6'7" wingspan

Beal averaged averaged 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Florida Gators last year during his freshman season. NBADraft.net also has the Warriors taking Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli with their No. 30 pick in the first round.

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Rudy Gay Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors Interested

Rudy Gay has had solid times with the Memphis Grizzlies, but it's quite possible he could be on his way out of town. After being drafted in 2006 by Memphis, Gay has been one of the most reliable players on the Grizzlies, particularly with regards to his scoring. But he had trouble leading the team to victory against the Los Angeles Clippers and they went out in the first round. With possibly a limited window of contention with this squad, Memphis might need to think of dealing Gay and starting to build up quality talent through the draft.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld filed this latest report that has the Warriors interested in Gay, and Golden State does have the seventh overall pick in the draft that they could try dealing to Memphis. Several other teams are showing interest, including the Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors. Gay would provide Golden State a solid wing that could anchor the scoring with Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut. Golden State wants to get a small forward, and Gay is probably one of the best ones who fits the bill.

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Warriors Draft Rumors: Mock Draft Shows Warriors Selecting Perry Jones, Fab Melo

The latest mock draft from Sheridan Hoops has been posted, and they forecast the Golden State Warriors to take Perry Jones with the 7th overall pick and Fab Melo with the 30th overall pick.

Jones is a strong forward out of Baylor University who averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Sheridan Hoops comments:

Jones is one of the most enigmatic prospects in the draft. 6’11" forwards that can handle, pass, and shoot like him are hard to find but he seems to lose focus at times and is too easily outmuscled by opponents.

Fab Melo is a center out of Syracuse who averaged 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. Says Sheridan Hoops:

Melo is ready to help on the boards and block shots right away but is light years away on offense. Despite having great size, Melo has had conditioning issues.

The mock draft has Jared Sullinger, who other mock drafts had linked to the Warriors, going to Milwaukee at number 12.

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Brandon Roy Rumors: Could Former All-Star Land With Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors always seem to be mixed up with this rumor and that rumor once the offseason hits, but rarely do they actually land any of these talents. But in the case of the retired former All-Star Brandon Roy the W's may have an ace in the whole in regards to his return, possibly even making them a front runner if Roy decides to come back to the NBA.

Per The New York Post's Peter Vecsey of Twitter:

OK, I know Roy has knees made something akin to a graham cracker, but if he is healthy he could be a terrific fit in Golden State's backcourt with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He's personally expressed interest in playing for the Lakers, but his relationship with Bob Myers is something that can not be overlooked, especially since he is now the one holding all the cards as Warriors GM, not trying to figure out the cards as an agent.

Roy played only 47 games for the Trailblazers in the 2010-11 season before declaring his retirement. The obvious caveat is the health of his knees, but if he can be productive he could be worth picking up.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Jared Sullinger Selected By Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are a team in transition, and they will be armed with the No. 7 overall pick at the 2012 Draft. While there are a few areas of concern on their roster to address, it appears the team will focus on adding a big man to build around for years to come with their first pick.

Quite a few names have been linked to Golden State in recent days, but this latest mock draft from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has them taking Jared Sullinger. After two strong seasons at Ohio State, Sullinger is one of the more promising post players available. He comes in at 6'9 and 280lbs.

While the Warriors are thrilled that a top-seven slot means they don't have to send the pick to Utah, I'm sensing a collective apathy regarding the depth of the talent pool at this point. As such, it is entirely possible that they trade the pick and possibly move back. Still, Sullinger would help the Warriors with their longs-tanding rebounding problem while adding another capable scorer behind David Lee and Andrew Bogut down low. Sullinger improved his physique last offseason but conditioning remains a concern. He averaged 17.5 points and 10.2 rebounds as a sophomore, nearly identical numbers to his freshman season. Kentucky forward Terrence Jones is considered a candidate here as well.

Sullinger probably lacks the upside to become an all-star -- something a guy like Perry Jones III or Andre Drummond features -- but is probably among the safest bets of big men in the first round. As Amick mentions in the blurb, conditioning has been a question in the past with Sullinger, but he should be able to get himself in shape with the help of an elite training staff at the NBA level.

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Josh Smith Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors Want Hawks Forward

The Golden State Warriors could really use more strength in their frontcourt. The Warriors have always struggled with rebounding and shotblocking, and their interior has always been a question mark.

Josh Smith could be just who the doctor ordered. The athletic forward is coming off his best year as an NBA player, and he's really in good shape to contribute for a long time at the age of 26. Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Warriors would love to have him, and with a top seven draft pick and several other picks they have the bargaining chips.

Would the Hawks be willing to part with Smith? Atlanta might be ready to overhaul their roster after losing in the first round, and Smith might not be willing to sign an extension. That'd make the Hawks open to dealing him, which could make Golden State very interested in him.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Golden State Warriors Interested In Andre Iguodala, Danny Granger, Nic Batum, Rudy Gay

The Golden State Warriors have four draft picks, and they're not likely to hold onto all of them. Golden State has some upgrading they need to do with their squad, and it's not likely they'll find all the solutions they need with this shallow draft class.

So it makes sense to trade for some talent. Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times has this report.

Golden State has long since had interest in Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, who is exactly the playmaking athlete the Warriors need at small forward. Other small forwards high on their list, according to league sources, are Portland's Nick Batum, Indiana's Danny Granger and Memphis' Rudy Gay.

Getting any of these players would greatly upgrade Golden State at the three position, a historic spot of weakness for the Warriors. You figure that the number seven pick and maybe one or two of the other picks would be solid enough for the Warriors to land the players they want, especially considering that some of these players might be shopped around.

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2012 NBA Draft: Warriors Have Lots Of Options With Four Picks

With the NBA Draft only about a month away, the Golden State Warriors must prepare a bit more than other teams around the league seeing that they'll have four picks to make in the 2012 NBA Draft. Golden State finds themselves in need of a few pieces to complete their roster, and have a great opportunity tot get some talent in this draft class.

The Warriors will have four picks in this year's draft (No. 7, 30, 35, 52), the first time Golden State has had four picks since 1995. Golden State has had the No. 7 pick only twice in the history of the Lottery, selecting Chris Mullin in 1985 and Stephen Curry in 2009, both of whom have turned out pretty well for Golden State.

In 21 Lottery appearances since it began back in 1985, the Warriors have moved up only three times, dropped down eight times and stayed put the other 10 times.

Not only could Golden State snag four top youngsters in this year's draft, they could also use all these picks as some trade leverage with names like Andre Iguodala possibly on the W's radar, and draft day trades are always a lot of fun too. The W's have set themselves up very nicely with lots and lots of options to work with. That is just the place you want to be in a draft, the one with the picks has the power. Now let's see how they flex it.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Warriors Select Jared Sullinger

Now that the Golden State Warriors have retained their lottery pick, now they must figure out the best way to utilize it in the 2012 NBA Draft.

SB Nation's very own Tom Ziller released his latest mock draft, and feels that big man Jared Sullinger out of Ohio State is the best fit for the W's with the No. 7 overal pick:

Here is Ziller with the commentary:

7. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: JARED SULLINGER

Also known as "better David Lee." Sullinger would give the Warriors depth up front (a foreign concept to long-suffering Golden State fans) and would certainly make tanking the end of the season well worth it. Note: I see you, Andre Drummond. I see you and I'm not ignoring it. It's just ... you know ...

Sullinger, Lee and newly acquired Andrew Bogut would be a solid trio of front court talent, something that W's fans would likely accept with open arms, especially with the defensive prowess head coach Mark Jackson wants his team to have.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Golden State Warriors Select Harrison Barnes, Andrew Nicholson

The Golden State Warriors stayed right where they were in the draft order on Thursday. They landed the seventh overall pick in the lottery, which meant they . They also have an additional pick at the end of the first round, giving them the ability to stockpile two quality prospects to help rebuild their team.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress files his latest mock for Yahoo Sports. The Warriors take Harrison Barnes of North Carolina with the seventh overall pick to give the team a versatile perimeter threat and a wing who can create his own shot.

The Warriors took a major leap of faith in trading fan favorite Monta Ellis for injured center Andrew Bogut and handing the full-time ball-handling responsibilities to Stephen Curry, who lost most of the season to an ankle injury. If everyone stays healthy, they have a very intriguing roster on paper, but still could use some additional scoring punch on the wing. Harrison Barnes duplicates many of the things Klay Thompson and Dorell Wright do. He's also not a particularly gifted shot creator, but he has great size and scoring instincts and still has plenty of room to improve at age 19.

With the final pick of the first round, the 30th pick, the Warriors take a big man, one Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure.

Having addressed their biggest need (small forward) in the lottery, the Warriors can afford to take a flyer on a talented late-blooming big man like Nicholson who might be able to offer some frontcourt depth down the road. The Warriors don't have an established backup power forward yet, and with the uncertain health of Andrew Bogut, Nicholson's size and length could come in handy down the road.

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2012 NBA Draft Lottery Results: Warriors Retain No. 7 Pick

After a possible deal with the Utah Jazz to keep their pick and offseason full of doubt, the Golden State Warriors finally have an answer as to where they will be picking in the 2012 NBA Draft. And after all the ping pong balls settled Wednesday night at, the W's retained their No. 7 pick, something W's fans can certainly be pleased about.

The Warriors had a 72.66 percent chance of retaining the No. 7 pick before the lottery began, a 12.66 percent chance of moving into the top three and had only a 3.6 percent chance to move up all the way into the No. 1 spot.

General Manager Bob Myers and co-owner Peter Guber were on hand to represent Golden State at this year's lottery.

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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Warriors Deal With Jazz Unlikely

The Golden State Warriors are trying to ensure they have a lottery pick, but there is a decent probability they could fall out of the top seven. There's a 26% chance the Warriors fall down from their No. 7 pick status, which would hand over the pick to the Utah Jazz because of the deal they made with Marcus Williams back in 2008.

Seems like a pretty remote possibility compared to the 74% chance Golden State stays at their spot or moves up. However, the Warriors have never moved up from the seventh pick in the past 14 times they've hit the lottery, so there's reason to be apprehensive going into tonight's draft. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle has this to report.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Wednesday morning that its "highly unlikely" that he’ll be able to swing a deal with Utah to keep the 2012 lottery pick, regardless of conditions. The Warriors and Jazz had been discussing a deal that would remove this season’s stipulations.

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2012 NBA Lottery Odds: Warriors Keeping Fingers Crossed For Top-7 Pick

The NBA Lottery is mere hours away and the Golden State Warriors are keeping their fingers, toes, and any other possible body part crossed as they try and retain their top-seven pick when the ping pong balls drop this evening.

The Warriors have a great chance to retain a top-seven pick this evening (72.66 percent to be exact), but the possibility of falling out of that group (26.33 percent) or even vaulting atop the draft could occur as well (3.6 percent), so make sure you have your rabbit's foot on hand just in case.

Here is the San Jose Mercury News Tim Kawakami with some thoughts on tonight:

According to the odds I see, it looks like the Warriors have a 6 in 10 shot to stay at No. 7, which is by far the most likely scenario.

If you're going to be watching the proceedings and you have a Warriors' interest, you'll want..

1) Either to see the Warriors decal come up when the commissioner unveils the team in the 7th slot...

2) Or see the 7-10 slots filled without the Warriors decal showing up, which would mean they've jumped to 1, 2 or 3.

The W's braintrust obviously is trying to keep this top-seven pick at any costs, even trying to broker a deal with the Utah Jazz, who get the pick if they fall out of the top-seven, for something akin to a 23 percent chance of getting the pick. Pretty tough to trade for intangible things like possibilites though; that's essentially gambling with the pick, which the W's chose wisely not to.

The odds are in Golden State's favor but it is the lottery, so you never really know until the balls are dropped.

-Here are the odds for each team landing the top pick, as well as for top 3:

1. Charlotte: 25% for No. 1... 64.19% for top 3.

2. Washington: 19.9% for No. 1... 55.74% for top 3.

3. Cleveland: 13.8% for No. 1.... 42.57% for top 3.

4. New Orleans: 13.7% for No. 1... 42.33% for top 3.

5. Sacramento: 7.6% for No. 1... 25.5% for top 3.

6. Brooklyn: 7.5% for No. 1... 25.19% for top 3.

7. Warriors: 3.6% for No. 1... 12.66% for top 3.

8. Toronto: 3.5% for No. 1... 12.32% for top 3.

9. Detroit: 1.7% for No. 1... 6.1% for top 3.

10. New Orleans (via Minnesota): 1.1% for No. 1... 3.97% for top 3.

11. Portland: 0.8% for No. 1.... 2.9% for top 3.

12. Milwaukee: 0.7% for No. 1... 2.54% for top 3.

13. Phoenix: 0.6% for No. 1... 2.18% for top 3.

14. Houston: 0.5% for No. 1... 1.81% for top 3.

Coverage of tonight NBA Lottery can be found starting at 5 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN.

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NBA Draft 2012: Warriors Attend Brooklyn Nets Combine, Stanford's Josh Owens Works Out

The Golden State Warriors are diving into their pre-draft process full force, but they aren't just putting their eggs in the baskets of the big names. They are also working out possible sleeper picks, and that's where Stanford's Josh Owens comes in.

As the Contra Costa Times' Marcus Thompson II reports, Owens turned some heads at the Brooklyn Nets combine in front of dozens of NBA general managers, including the Warriors. He measured at 6-foot-9 with shoes and 230 pounds with a 40.8-inch standing vertical, the best at the combine. He was also the strongest with 21 reps on the bench press.

There are still concerns due to his somewhat average production in college. But all he can do is control what effort he puts on the floor and hope that someone sees something in him to take a longer look.

"My college resume, individually, wasn't necessarily spectacular," Owens said. "But at the end of the day, college is college and the NBA is the NBA. I'm just going in there with a hardworking mindset and hoping to impress people."

The Warriors also worked out Washington guard Tony Wroten and Vanderbilt small forward Jeffrey Taylor, who both could possibly be in play with pick no. 30, though Wroten dropping that far would be a major surprise.

Michigan State's Draymond Green, West Virginia's Kevin Jones, Syracuse's Kris Joseph and Xavier's Tu Holloway all worked out as well and could be considerations in the second round where the Warriors have picks no. 36 and no. 52.

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2012 NBA Draft: Golden State Warriors Want To Secure Lottery Pick From Utah Jazz

The Golden State Warriors have a top-seven protected pick in the 2012 NBA Draft with the Utah Jazz. If the Warriors ended up with a top-seven pick in this Wednesday's draft lottery (they're projected to go seventh), they'll keep the pick. If it goes below that, the pick transfers to Utah.

Golden State is trying to protect that pick with a trade this week. They're in good shape already, but it seems they feel they're not secure enough with the high probability they could end up with the pick. Marc Stein files this report for ESPN.

But the Warriors, sources say, are prepared to sacrifice a trade asset or two before Wednesday's lottery to make a deal with Utah that would wipe out the stipulations in place for the 28 percent possibility that the pick falls outside of the top seven.

Under the current terms, Golden State's pick must be conveyed to Utah if it's No. 8 or lower, as mandated by a previous trade with New Jersey in which the Warriors dealt a pick that the Brooklyn-bound Nets later sent to the Jazz as part of the Deron Williams blockbuster in February 2011.

Marcus Thompson reports from his sources that the Warriors do not plan on including players in the deal.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Warriors Could Take Jared Sullinger, Bradley Beal, Perry Jones

The Golden State Warriors have plenty of places they could upgrade, and they could have three draft picks with which to fill up their roster with the best possible players.

HoopsWorld mentions three possible picks for the Warriors with their first pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Jared Sullinger could become a potential complimentary player to mix right in with Andrew Bogut to bang inside in the post. Bradley Beal could become the next shooting option to pair with Stephen Curry now that Monta Ellis gone. And Perry Jones could be an athletic four-type that could really upgrade the rebounding, an area Golden State has not been good at for quite some time.

The Warriors look at a myriad number of options with their second pick in the first round, which has them picking Jeff Taylor, Tyshawn Taylor, or Kyle O'Quinn.

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NBA 2012 Draft: Golden State Warriors Have 3.6 Percent Shot At No. 1 Pick

According to a breakdown done by the staff at Sporting News, the Golden State Warriors have a 3.6 percent chance at obtaining the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. The Warriors are most likely to have the No. 7 overall pick, however there are some special circumstances involved.

As a result of conditions of a previous trade with Utah Jazz, if a team ranked below the Warriors wins a top three lottery pick, then the Warriors would be knocked out of the top seven and would be required to give their pick to the Jazz. There is a 28 percent chance of a team ranked below the Warriors obtaining a top three pick.

The NBA draft lottery takes place next Wednesday in New York and will be televised on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Warriors also hold the last pick in the first round at No. 30 overall.

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NBA Draft 2012: Warriors Host 6 Players In Pre-Draft Workout

The Golden State Warriors could have up to four selections in this year's NBA Draft, and are already making sure to do their due diligence with some of the lesser known prospects that could be a nice pickup later on in the draft.

According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz, Golden State hosted six players on Wednesday for a pre-draft workout at team facilites, including the likes of Baylor's Quincy Acy, New Mexico's Drew Gordon, Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn, Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor, Long Beach State's Casper Ware and Buffalo's Mitchell Watt.

Acy averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Bears, finishing his senior season shooting 57.7 percent from the field. Gordon is from San Jose who graduated from Mitty High School. He averaged 13.7 points and 11.1 rebounds for New Mexico last season.

As for O'Quinn, the winner of the 2012 Lou Henson award (best mid-major player in the country), he averaged 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for Norfolk State last season.

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NBA Draft 2012: Warriors Looking To Break Bad Luck Streak In Lottery

The last 14 times the Golden State Warriors have participated in the NBA lottery, they've stayed put nine times, moved back five times, and never moved forward in the order. Once. Could that all be changing this season? The San Jose Mercury Tribune's Tim Kawakami is certainly hoping so,

The Warriors are currently in the seventh draft slot and have a 72.5-percent chance of either staying seventh or moving up to the top three, all of which would allow them to keep the valuable pick.

It would be extremely unlucky for the Warriors to get knocked back to eighth or lower in the lottery and have to deliver the draft choice to Utah (due to the conditions of a previous trade).

But I'm arguing that the Warriors' karma has changed, and we'll see proof on May 30.

Kawakami goes on to discuss how the new regime spearheaded by Joe Lacob has brought on a 'change it atmosphere' that could turn into positive vibes for the W's in this year's lottery. Although this is far from an exact science, it is an interesting idea to ponder, especially if you believe in the law of averages.

When you don't lie to yourself, good things can happen. When you try to trick the fans and the rest of the league, you're doomed.

Now, almost two years since Lacob and Guber agreed to purchase the team from Cohan, the Warriors are due.

Still, the two 'luckiest' years the W's had in the lottery were seasons they dropped back, falling two spots to get Mitch Richmond fifth overall in 1988, and falling six spots in 1985 only to draft Chris Mullin seventh.

Hopefully the basketball gods will shine down on the Warriors May 30, where ever the draft lottery slots them.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Warriors Should Look At Perry Jones, Jared Sullinger, Terrence Jones, John Henson

The Golden State Warriors have a good shot at landing a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Mock Draft, and they might have another pick later in the first round. Of course, Golden State has so many needs, it's not quite clear exactly who they should take.

HoopsWorld releases its latest mock, and there is no clear consensus on who the Warriors should take if they manage a lottery pick. There's Jared Sullinger of the Ohio State Buckeyes, who could provide Golden State with a much-needed low post scorer to complement David Lee. Perry Jones provides Golden State with an elite athletic talent who translates well to the next level. Terrence Jones is an elite wing scorer and potential defender, and John Henson provides many similar attributes that could be valuable on a top team.

It's clear that unless Golden State lands a top-two pick, they're not going to be improving significantly going into next season, but getting any of these players would be a huge step up.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Golden State Warriors Take Draymond Green, Kevin Murphy, Kris Joseph

The Golden State Warriors have three draft picks in the 2012 NBA Draft: One in the first round (positioning depends on where they end up in the lottery), and two more in the second round. Who should they take? Because the Warriors aren't likely to have a lottery pick, they could have trouble grabbing a marquee pick.

DraftExpress released his latest mock, and the Warriors grab Michigan State big man Draymond Green in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, probably to shore up their frontline. Kevin Murphy from Tennessee Tech and Kris Joseph from Syracuse get picked in the second round.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Golden State Warriors Take Draymond Green First, Leon Radosevic Second

The Golden State Warriors might not have their 2012 lottery pick as they surrender it to the Utah Jazz, but they can still draft quality big men like Draymond Green of the Michigan State Spartans.

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