Silent draft night for Myers, Warriors

Silent draft night for Myers, Warriors
June 26, 2014, 11:15 pm
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We do feel that we're armed with some tools to improve the roster a little bit in free agency.
Bob Myers

OAKLAND – The Warriors basketball judges woke up the morning of the NBA Draft without a pick. They went to bed without acquiring one. In the meantime, while others were drafting, they did a lot of thinking.

So nothing was resolved regarding the team's pursuit of Kevin Love or anybody else that may arrive through trade.

"I don't have anything to say right now," general manager Bob Myers said minutes after the draft concluded Thursday night. "I was asked that last week. I don't think my answers are any different tonight than they were last week. So there's not much to add to what I commented on.

"I said then (that) things were unlikely to change. And I'll say the same thing now."

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Myers conceded the Warriors are fairly certain to make roster moves through free agency, which begins at 9 p.m. (PDT) next Monday night.

"We do feel that we're armed with some tools to improve the roster a little bit in free agency," Myers said.

The Warriors have the midlevel exception ($5.3 million) to spend, along with the traded-player exception ($9.8 million) that came through the sign-and-trade acquisition of Andre Iguodala last summer.

The traded-player exception expires on July 10.

"What we're able to do and what we did a lot of this past week . . . was spend a lot of time exploring free agency and what we felt our needs were and how to address it," Myers said. "That's what our focus should've been, not having a pick in the first or second round and not having any cash to spend."

In the absence of a blockbuster trade, the team's most pointed desire is to improve the bench, beginning with someone who can backup All-Star point guard Stephen Curry.

Though Myers stopped short of saying trade talk is dead, he made it clear that the core of the roster is formidable. That assumes the primary guards are Klay Thompson and Curry, the primary forwards Andre Iguodala and David Lee and Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights the primary centers Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli.

"You're always exploring everything," Myers said. "It never really stops, no matter where you are in the season. I would stick with my original answer, that at this moment in time a major thing is unlikely.

"But in relation to any trade, things are always ongoing."

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