Myers outlines Warriors' options to acquire first-round pick

Myers outlines Warriors' options to acquire first-round pick
June 19, 2013, 6:30 pm
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"We don't like not having a pick so you want to hang on to future picks for a variety of reasons." -- Bob Myers (AP)

OAKLAND -- As things sit, Golden State will not be a participant in next week's NBA Draft, but general manager Bob Myers hasn't ruled out the possibility of that changing.

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.

However unlikely, he outlined two main scenarios in which the team could acquire a first-round pick. The first would be to trade a player of significant value (example: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, etc) or by trading a future pick.

"We don't like not having a pick so you want to hang on to future picks for a variety of reasons," Myers said.

Despite not having a pick, the Warriors didn't treat the scouting process throughout the season any differently than last year when they drafted four times. Since the season ended, the biggest difference was the amount of travel Myers and his staff has had to do.

Because the team lacks a pick, the amount of players interested in visiting the Warriors facility has been slim. To see some of the better players, Myers has had to visit agent workouts and other combines across the country and overseas. His travels even included a 48-hour trip to Italy.

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