If DeMarcus Cousins is available at No. 6, you can bet the Warriors will draft him. But will he end up in a Warriors uniform?
“It seems there was an aura around him that raised questions, and then it kind of continued,” Riley said. “After a great deal of conversation with people who know, my mind is clear that it’s not an issue to be concerned about. I’m more concerned with basketball ability, what he can bring and how we can work with him.”
Clearly, that could be public play with Detroit, who picks No. 7 and reportedly loves Cousins. The Warriors might be trying to convince the Pistons to trade up a spot in the draft, a move that could include small forward Tayshaun Prince.
I would be worried about drafting Cousins, too. And slipping one spot to No.7 can still get the Warriors a number of players who all seem to have similar up and downsides: Greg Monroe, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Ekpe Udoh. But will Xavier Henry intrigue the Warriors enough despite some red flags Larry Riley sees in him?
“Henry is not quite as NBA-ready as some of the other guys, but he’s going to be a good player in his rookie year,” Riley said.