Golden State Warriors could be among the teams to watch ahead of the trade deadline on March 25, per NBA insider Tom Haberstroh of TrueHoop.
In particular, a general manager said to Haberstroh Golden State will be active in the trade market, due to the first-round draft pick they owned from the Minnesota Timberwolves from the D’Angelo Russell trade.
(via Bleacher Report):
“Golden State is the team to watch right now,” an unnamed GM told Haberstroh. “No one knows what they’re going to do with that pick.”
The selection is a Top-3 protected pick with Minnesota having the worst record in the league for the first part of the season.
Minnesota’s next year’s pick will be unprotected in case the Wolves have a Top-3 selection, so the Warriors are expected to get a first-rounder from the Wolves within the next two seasons.
In their current record (7-29), the Timberwolves’ pick is not expected to fall out of the Top-5 of the 2021 NBA Draft. As a result, the Warriors could have a valuable asset at their disposal, if they want to upgrade their roster.
The Warriors are on the postseason race having an 19-18 record in the tough Western Conference bouncing back from a horrendous 2019/2020 season (15-50).