NBA rumors: Celtics, Knicks, Magic called about Warriors’ No. 28 pick

As the Warriors ponder what to do with their 28th pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, it seems they have plenty of admirers if they want to go the trade route.

A slew of teams are knocking on Golden State’s door with interest in No. 28, Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney reported Wednesday, citing sources including the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic.

The Celtics are without a first-round pick for their second straight draft after sending this year’s pick to the San Antonio Spurs as part of their trade for Derrick White. The Knicks, who have also reached out to the Kings about a trade for the No. 4, are likely looking for assets to do so, Deveney writes.

And the Magic want to build for the future with another first-round pick to pair with their #1 overall pick.

The Warriors have had plenty of success late in the first round of the draft, taking 28th-ranked Jordan Poole in 2019 and 30th-ranked Kevon Looney in 2015. There have also been failures over the years, but if they do stick with the picks, they’re well-equipped to develop any late-round talent they feel is worth picking.

Various mock drafts have predicted that Warriors Wake Forest forward Jake LaRavia, Milwaukee forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. or Serbia forward Nikola Jovic will take No. 28 if given the pick.

On the other hand, Golden State has used lottery picks to win Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman in the last two drafts. The Warriors will look to give those three – plus Poole – bigger roles in the 2022-23 season, leaving little room for another young prospect. Also, keeping their championship roster together next season will cost the Warriors.

With that in mind, general manager Bob Myers told reporters Wednesday that money will not play a role in deciding whether or not to swap the election and that he trusts his employees to do what is best for the organization.

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And without giving everything away, he hinted that Golden State will look to pick the best available player at No. 28 rather than try to fill any holes in their roster.

But with so much interest in their first-round picks, it will certainly be interesting to see if any teams offer a package lucrative enough for the Warriors to strike a deal.

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