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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