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Warriors general manager Bob Myers hints team might buy draft pick

Jun 22, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

Just three teams don’t have picks in the upcoming NBA Draft: the Heat, Raptors and Warriors.

The Heat, though every team could use draft picks, are doing just fine.

The Raptors, according at least one prominent report, sent out cash in the Rudy Gay trade and the Collective Bargaining Agreement limits how much money a team send out per year, so Toronto might be limited in its ability to acquire a pick.

The Warriors, though, might buy a draft pick.

They have a history of doing of so. In addition to their successful draft haul of Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green last year, the Warriors also bought the No. 52 pick and used it on Ognjen Kuzmić. Kuzmić played for Joventut in Spain last season, leading his team in fouls per game despite playing the seventh-most minutes per game.

But it’s the process, not the results, that should matter most. Whatever process led the Warriors to buying a draft pick is still being used.

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Referencing the team’s acquisition of a second round pick for cash considerations last season, Myers acknowledged a similar deal could be made again.”What do they say? Past performance doesn’t predict future results, but in this case, it might,” he said. “What I can take from that is that is that our ownership group is willing to spend. Thankfully for our front office and myself, we have an ownership group that if we have a player we designate worth spending on, they’ll give us the green light.”Whereas in other situations there might be a mandate in the other direction that, ‘We’re not buying a pick, just so you know.'”Myers said that type of move would be predicated on a specific player being available at the right spot — likely in the second round.

This gives Golden State a real, though perhaps insignificant, competitive advantage. If they’re willing to spend to acquire additional draft picks – even if most of the picks never become successful NBA players – the Warriors increase their odds of getting help through the draft. On the flip side, any team that sells a pick lowers its odds.The salary cap, luxury tax and many other NBA practices limit how much a team can gain an advantage simply by spending more than other teams. But this is one way teams can get an upper hand, and everyone involved in the Warriors organization – from fans to players to coaches to executives – should appreciate the willingness of owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber to take advantage of it.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Don’t care what this article is about. Didn’t read it. Never going to read it. And it’s probably nonsense anyway.

    But I did want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Spurs on being so freaking good and being a championship worth team.

    Ad of course, I want to bask in the glow for a minute here. I’m telling’ ya, this is going to be a loooooong and sloooow victory lap.

    • Anoesis - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      The article was much less a waste of my time than the crap you just spewed. Oh, congrats on your title.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Going to be a lot more crap where that came from. Just putting you on notice.

  2. dolphindubs - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM


    Don’t just take one victory lap. Take two. This is a repeat after all!

  3. anhdazman - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    GSW would be wise to take a chance on a 2nd round draft pick. Never know what kind of diamond in the rough you could find. Especially with GSW development team in Santa Cruz, GSW can give the young player time to mature a season or so before making the jump into the NBA.
    Definitely know that next year, two roster spots in Biedrin and Jefferson will be freed up.

  4. spursareold - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    LOL. Spurs pick could be for sale if the right player doesn’t drop. I’m just saying…

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