Warriors should target these five players with No. 2 pick – NBC Sports Bay Area

Now that the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery is a thing of the past — and we know the Warriors own the rights to the No. 2 overall pick — the rumor mill is going to heat up.

And it’s going to stay hot for a while, because the 2020 NBA Draft could get pushed back a couple weeks from its currently scheduled date of Oct. 16.

People all across the basketball world are going to spend some time over the next couple of months formulating wild hypothetical trades. And on Friday morning, we got one from The Athletic’s John Hollinger.

Warriors get:
— Jrue Holiday
— J.J. Redick

New Orleans Pelicans get:
— Andrew Wiggins
— Kevon Looney
— 2020 No. 2 overall pick
— Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 top-three protected first-round pick

Before we go over some of the particulars, you must know that this deal apparently would lower Golden State’s luxury tax bill next season, and the Warriors still would have all of their $17.2 million traded player exception available to use this offseason. So keep that in mind as you mull things over.

Redick, despite turning 36 years old in June, still has plenty left in the tank. He averaged 15.3 points per game last season, and shot 45.3 percent from 3-point range on 6.6 attempts. The No. 11 overall pick from the 2006 draft is under contract next season for $13 million and would be a great addition to the Dubs’ roster.

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But ultimately, this trade only happens if the Warriors covet Holiday in a big way, and know for sure that he will be with the franchise long term. The 11-year veteran — who turned 30 years old in June — is scheduled to make about $25.4 million next season, and has a $26.3 million player option in 2021-22 before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Holiday averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game last season, while shooting 45.5 percent overall and 35.3 percent from 3-point range. He was named First-Team All-Defense in 2017-18 and Second-Team All-Defense in 2018-19.

The No. 17 overall pick from the 2009 NBA Draft (Steph Curry went No. 7 overall that year) is a fantastic player, but he’s not a wing. And we know the Warriors are looking to replenish that position.

One of the main reasons the Dubs acquired Andrew Wiggins in early February was to fill a need at small forward. And Golden State firmly believes the 25-year-old will thrive playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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So it seems unlikely that the Warriors would part ways with Wiggins and their two most-valuable draft assets to acquire somebody like Holiday. And even though it’s difficult to forecast Looney because of his injury history, we know how much coach Steve Kerr loves the player he said he views as a “foundational piece.”

In the end, it’s safe to assume this blockbuster trade does not materialize. But as Hollinger writes:

“Dare to dream people, we have nearly two months of this.”

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