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Warriors acquire PF Jordan Bell from Bulls in 2017 NBA Draft

Warriors acquire PF Jordan Bell from Bulls in 2017 NBA Draft

OAKLAND -- The Warriors spent the Thursday night hoping for a chance to pounce on a player they liked in the NBA draft. That chance came in the second round.

And, like the 2016 draft, with the 38th overall pick.

Buying the pick from the Bulls, the Warriors wound up with Oregon’s Jordan Bell, a 6-foot-9 center/forward that as a junior in 2016-17 was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Bell possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, similarities to Draymond Green inasmuch as there is a strong desire to defend and a deep reservoir of energy.

The Long Beach Poly product led the conference in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. Bell was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

Bell needed only three seasons became the Ducks all-time leader in blocks and during the NCAA Tournament became the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

There is no need for the Warriors fan to grow anxious with the news Wednesday night that the NBA salary cap and luxury tax threshold will be roughly two percent lower than initially projected.

For one, those players committed to returning are not likely to change their minds.

For two, the cap/tax figures also will influence other teams that might target members of the Warriors, such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Even with the lower numbers, reported by multiple outlets, Kevin Durant remains in line for a raise from the $26.5 million he made last season, and he already has made clear his intentions to accept less than the $31.8 million the Warriors could’ve paid him.

With the cap expected to be about $99 million instead of the roughly $101 million originally forecast, that figure falls between $30 million and $31 million.

Durant’s willingness to be flexible -- designed to help the team in its attempts to retain Iguodala and maybe Livingston -- remains the most significant factor for the Warriors as they proceed. Even if Durant takes 10 percent less than, say, $31 million, he still would get a modest increase.

Stephen Curry, who also has announced his intention to re-sign with the Warriors, still could receive about $35 million in Year 1 of a five-year contract worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million.

When the numbers are that astronomical, losing a small percentage is not such a crucial factor.

The Warriors surely knew the cap/tax figures would take a hit. Both figures are impacted by revenue generated through the playoffs, which featured only 79 of a possible 105 games.

Only two series -- Jazz-Clippers and Celtics-Wizards -- went the full seven games and eight of the 15 series ended in five or fewer games, including five sweeps.

The Warriors accounted for three of those sweeps.

Without any picks, Warriors approaching NBA Draft 'acting as if we do'

Without any picks, Warriors approaching NBA Draft 'acting as if we do'

OAKLAND -- It is as observers that the Warriors enter the 2017 NBA Draft. They have no pick. The Warriors being the Warriors, though, they will be so active in their observation that they may not be able to resist participating.

Given their bonanza experience last June, why wouldn’t they dive in?

After using their only pick to select Vanderbilt center Damian Jones in the first round, the Warriors continued to watch the draft unfold, keeping one eye on their draft board and another on the players being chosen, and by which teams.

When it came time for the Bucks to make their second-round selection, 38th overall, the Warriors struck. A player they wanted was still on the board, and they were willing to give Milwaukee $2.4 million purchase the pick.

That’s how the Warriors landed UNLV product Pat McCaw, who started 20 games last season and became one of only three second-round picks to make a name for himself as a rookie.

There is a McCaw or three in every draft, which is why the Warriors, even without a single pick, have brought in 18 players for workouts and will be on the job Thursday night when the 2017 draft takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“We don’t have a draft pick,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said this week, “but we’re acting as if we do.”

Myers and his staff have spent the past few days scouring video and watching players brought in for workouts. They again created a board of players they like, with the letter “B,” in red, next to certain names.

B for the word: buy, as in plucking dollars from the coffers of owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

“There are guys we would buy a pick for,” Myers said, gesturing from the gym floor toward the draft room at the team facility. “If you snuck in there, it would be fun to see.”

McCaw, it can be discerned, once had a red B next to his name. The Warriors were surprised he was able to contribute immediately.

“Luckily, to be honest, to have an owner that’s as aggressive as Joe is, and an ownership group that’s willing to spend on a pick, Patrick McCaw is actually a success story in that way,” Myers said. “We haven’t gotten it right every time; there are times we bought a pick and it didn’t work out.

“But our methodology is to try and do that, especially in a year when we don’t have one.”

The Warriors go into this draft without a couple voices that have been influential in previous personnel choices. Former assistant GM Travis Schlenk last month accepted the GM job in Atlanta, and former adviser and board member Jerry West is now in a similar role with the Clippers.

Not that any of this will change the approach taken by the Warriors, who won’t add any personnel executives until well after the draft.

If there a player they like is available at a specific point of the process, and a team willing to sell, the Warriors will be ready to roll. There is, after all, a reason they brought in 10 guards, seven forwards and one center for workouts in Oakland.