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Report: Warriors targeting Iguodala, Gay, Granger, unicorns, hippogriffs

Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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The Warriors at this point might as well put up a big neon sign outside their offices that read “TRADE MARKET FLEA SALE TODAY!” Ever since they went into tank mode, they have made it known that their players are available for trade and that they want a small forward in return. And by landing the seventh spot and avoiding losing their pick to Utah, it means that’s something else they can throw on the trade pile.

What are they looking for? Well, let’s just say they’re not aiming low. From the Contra Costa Times:

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. And don’t be surprised if the Warriors make a play for Atlanta forward Josh Smith.

Trading the No. 7 pick for a veteran wouldn’t rule out the Warriors’ filling a need with a rookie from this year’s draft. The Warriors could potentially move up using their other three picks and have a shot at Illinois center Meyers Leonard, St. Bonaventure power forward Andrew Nicholson or maybe even Kentucky’s Jones (who some mocks have falling out of the lottery).

via Golden State Warriors thrilled they have seventh spot in lottery – ContraCostaTimes.com.

Taking a look at their roster, this gets a bit tricky. Their biggest assets on roster are Stephen Curry, David Lee, the expiring-by-virtue-of-non-guaranteed-in-2013-2014 contract of Andris Biedrins. Curry is the best young player they have, Lee has a monster contract with four years, $57 million left on it, and Biedrins is just painfully low on value. Dorrell Wright, a crack shooter, would likely be involved in a deal along with the seven. But is any team going to take the  No. 7 in what is considered to be a weak draft, Dorrell Wright, and either David Lee’s salary or Biedrins’ dead weight for their franchise small forward?

It seems like a fairytale. But we’ve seen teams take on contracts before. Were the Sixers to amnesty Elton Brand, Lee would be a solid replacement at power forward. the Grizzlies need an outside shooter like Wright and center depth with Biedrins. The Pacers might be compelled by a forward at the No.7 spot to take a gamble on moving Granger. It’s going to take some trickery, but it could be done. The Warriors do have another first-rounder at the very bottom of the round, and could of course leverage future assets as a throw-in. That always works out well.

The Warriors are aiming high on the rebuild. With Andrew Bogut and Curry (unless they get really dangerous and trade the young guard which changes everything), they could make a few moves and have their future core set. One thing is certain. We’re going to hear a lot about this potential move over the next four weeks.

  1. phillyrox - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Since when is this considered a weak draft?

    • mytthor - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Yeah that’s what I was going to say I actually don’t follow college so don’t really know but I keep hearing it’s a very strong draft.

  2. alfiemonstaa - Jun 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    lmao i love the tittle! Matt Moore should write more than sorry ass KURT!

  3. eaglessuperfan - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    What year isn’t it a weak draft? These so called experts say that every year. This draft is very deep in potential very boom or bust, but that does not make it weak.

  4. TeamBalco - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Do something!

  5. lakerluver - Jun 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Iggy’s a good player but I just don’t get the fascination with him.

    • mytthor - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      I’d LOVE to get Iggy for Gasol. Iggy is Scottie Pippen. One of the best perimeter defenders in the game, super athletic, has the clutch gene but doesn’t have to be the man all the time.

      • jmclarkent - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        By “Iggy is Scottie Pippen” I hope you are referring to insider information on his Halloween plans.

      • Gordon - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        So Iguodala is one of the top 50 players of all time? C’mon man…that’s a ridiculous comparison.

      • mytthor - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        Obviously he’s not as good as Pippen, I was just making a comparison to his ability to be very good while fitting his game around others.

      • 700levelvet - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:52 AM

        has the clutch gene”……..LMAO……Have you watched the Sixers besides this years playoff’s?……clutch gene…..Too damn funny

      • mytthor - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        Well admittedly I don’t watch every Philly game, but I was thinking about the shot me made to beat the Magic in the playoffs a couple years ago, and the three to beat the Lakers a couple years ago as well. I know it’s just 2 shots, but he’s not Kobe Bryant, he doesn’t take every single shot at the end of the game for his team.

  6. jfinn5 - Jun 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    The Warriors would be better off getting Sullinger from Ohio State.

  7. bparmalee - Jun 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    As a Pacers fan I hope we jump at a chance to send them Granger. I love the guy but he is inconsistent and gets dinged often. We have Paul George and we can’t pass up a chance to unload his contract while getting value. I would gladly take Lee or Wright and the 7th pick for Granger. West played really soft at times for us this year.

    • pglive21 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      I’m a Pacers fan too and I would go ballistic if they made that trade. There is no way in hell I want David Lee’s monstrous contract on the books. It will hamstring the franchise for years and is exactly the kind of shortsighted move that will submarine the Pacers. Wright has very limited value and the 7th pick is not going to develop in time for the Pacers to utilize him while they are contending. Just a bad move in every way if that gets done.

  8. prosourcetalk - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Seems a bit risky to build strictly around Bogut & Curry given that they are always hurt

    • sellahh - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      You are absolutely right sir… although, when you’re the Warriors, what do you fall back on? Curry & Ellis backcourt in which no one can play d-e-f-e-n-s-e? It’s not like they have multiple choices being the Lakers or Celtics so at least like their attempts instead of stay-put stance.

  9. bbelichickisgod - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    biedrens, #7 pick and wright for pierce

  10. sellahh - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    At least I like their attempts*

  11. diamondmo33 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Granger or gay

  12. mcjon22 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    “Could we perhaps interest you gentlemen in a Carlos Boozer?”

    Bulls Management

  13. abchome - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    “But is any team going to take the No. 7 in what is considered to be a weak draft…”

    Are you really talking about this years’ draft? Everyone else say this is the deepest in a decade.

  14. 00maltliquor - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Weak draft!? Lay off the stuff man…

    GSW…with the 7th pick in the draft, say hello to Harrison Barnes.

  15. 00maltliquor - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    By the way…what the @#$% is a hippogriff???

  16. trickybastard - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I’m not a Warriors fan but Matt Moore your sarcasm and attempts of being a comedian….fail. Don’t try to emulate Florio who is also not funny

  17. greej1938l - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Matt dude…your not funny

  18. anhdazman - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Best scenario for Warriors fans, trade the #7 pick and Dorrell Wright (I thought Wright was a FA this year, but article says he can be trade bait) for Josh Smith. Add Smith to Bogut, Lee, Thompson and Curry and you’ll have a very talented starting 5. Strong defense and rebounding from Bogut and Smith which the Warriors have been missing for years. Warriors could try to parlay the two 2nd round draft picks with the 30th pick in round one to get Waiters or Wroten. (SG\PG combo) that could help round up their future 3 guard rotation.
    If anyone is willing to take Biedrins off of the Warriors hands, they’ll probably be glad to give up the latter 2nd round pick as a bonus.

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