If Warriors keep pick, they'll still owe Utah

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If Warriors keep pick, they'll still owe Utah

Many Warriors fans are looking for resolution today when itcomes to their teams first-round selection in the upcoming NBA draft. DuringWednesdays draft lottery, the Warriors will find out whether they have theirown selection in the June 28 draft or whether they will lose it.This all goes back to a trade that involved the Warriorsacquiring point guard Marcus Williams from New Jersey back in 2008.To refresh, the Warriors will get to keep their pick if itis the No. 1 pick through the No. 7 pick. If the pick winds up being No. 8 orworse, it will be conveyed to Utah.While most Warriors fans are hoping for the team to stay putat No. 7 or even move up to one of the top-three picks that will still comewith a price. Should the Warriors keep their pick this season, then theyll bein virtually the same position next year with their pick and Utah.Lets say the Warriors keep their pick this year. What thatwould mean is that next years pick would go to Utah, unless it is one of thetop-six picks in the draft.If the Warriors were to end up keeping next years pick,too, it would mean that the 2014 pick would go to Utah unless it is one of thetop-six picks in the draft.So, for the Warriors to keep their picks in each of the nextthree seasons, theyd have to have the No. 7 pick or better in 2012, the No. 6pick or better in 2013 and the No. 6 pick or better in 2014.If the Warriors dont convey their first-round pick to Utahin any of the next three seasons, then the Jazz would receive the Warriorssecond-round picks in 2014 and 2016.The hope among Warriors fans is that they get to keep theirfirst-round pick this offseason and then make the playoffs in 2012-13. Underthat scenario, the Warriors would give their pick to Utah next season andbest of all, it wouldnt be a lottery pick.If youre looking for worst-case scenario, it might gosomething like this: The Warriors keep the No. 7 pick in this draft, but thenhave another disappointing season in 2012-13, putting next summers pick inperil again.Yes, the Warriors will find out today whether or not theyllhave a high draft pick come June 28. But even if they do hold onto it, theuncertainty with Utah isnt over.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.