Report: Executives expect the Warriors to trade for star player if they land No. 1 pick

Andrew Wiggins
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If the Golden State Warriors win the NBA Draft Lottery, league executives believe they could use that pick in a trade package to acquire a fourth star.

However, some also believe that the Warriors wouldn’t mind rolling with Wiggins and a couple of high-ceiling prospects along with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

“Their coaches think they can cure Wiggins,” an executive told Bontemps. “If he’s your fourth-best player, it’s not a bad thing. But he needs to hide, because he can’t do it every night.”

It’s been a transition year for the Warriors after they saw Kevin Durant leave in free agency, Thompson miss the season with a torn ACL and Curry miss most of the season with a broken hand.

They will have the opportunity to get right back into championship form once Thompson and Curry get back to 100 percent.

Curry and Thompson will return to lead the backcourt, while Wiggins will be a solid third scoring option.

Wiggins was a little inconsistent when relied upon as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ go-to scorer/playmaker, so he could fare better as a complementary scoring threat.

Along with Curry, Thompson and Wiggins, the Warriors would also have Green who does a little bit of everything and fills the stat sheet, as well as a potential intriguing lottery pick (if they don’t trade the pick away).

There are tax concerns ahead, though.

If the Warriors use their first-round pick, the midlevel exception and the full trade exception, they will be the most expensive team in NBA history, according to Bontemps.

The expectation is that Golden State will spend heavily this summer, but some question whether the Warriors will use all of their spending power, even with more revenue coming from their new arena.