The Golden State Warriors are trying to figure out a solution to a tricky conundrum: What’s a team to do with a talented young big man and two valuable draft picks alongside an aging roster of stars?
There are two ways they can go: Keep the talented big man (aka James Wiseman) and hope he grows into a star himself while also adding two more rookies who might be able to provide some depth or package Wiseman with pick Nos. 7 and/or 14 and acquire a veteran who’d immediately put Golden State back in contention for a title. Route one is risky because Wiseman isn’t a sure thing to morph into an impact player this coming season, and the other rookies Golden State adds will be far from sure things. (Rookies are almost always net-negative players.) Route two is risky because Wiseman still has a chance to be really good — giving him up with one or two lottery picks is punting on any sort of long-term contingency plan.