Dubs looking to drop back, out of 19th place in the draft

The 2023 NBA Draft is days away and the Warriors have a potentially season-changing decision to make with the No. 19 overall pick.

Golden State may be looking to back down or withdraw from the draft, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported, citing sources.

It comes after ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported earlier this week, citing sources, that the Warriors were potentially looking to advance in next week’s draft and could use 20-year-old forward Jonathan Kuminga as a trade chip to get there. arrive.

“The Warriors are exploring the possibility of acquiring a first pick for Jonathan Kuminga, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Sources have also told me that the Warriors are considering opting out or out of this selection,” O’Connor wrote. . “That’s one of the trends for teams picking in the middle of the first round: who will go down with a team looking to consolidate multiple firsts?”

If the Warriors have a choice, O’Connor asks them to select Santa Clara second-year guard Brandin Podziemski, who he describes as a mix of Donte DiVincenzo and D’Angelo Russell.

Last season with the Broncos, the 20-year-old averaged 19.9 points on effective shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from downtown, 8.8 rebounds, 3, 7 assists and 1.8 steals in 36.0 minutes played.

“If the Warriors stay here, I like Podziemski as a selection,” O’Connor continued. “He picked up basketball late, but he’s giving Golden State an upside player to potentially set the stage for his teammates.”

While the Warriors announced Mike Dunleavy Jr. as the new general manager following the departure of Bob Myers on June 30, the new top executive clearly already has a lot on his plate as next week’s draft rolls around.

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