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Warriors preparing for draft as if team has picks

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm •  Published: June 19, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has been busy taking flights across the country and overseas, meeting with players and agents and talking to other NBA executives ahead of next week's draft.

While that's not out of the ordinary for most teams, the Warriors are operating under a different set of circumstances. They have no picks because of prior trades and are already squeezed for salary cap space.

Of course, that could all change with one move by Myers.

"We treated the scouting season as if we did have a pick because you never know what's going to happen the night of the draft," Myers said Wednesday, speaking to a small group of reporters at the team's downtown Oakland headquarters.

Myers and members of his staff attended draft camps in New York and Minnesota along with workouts organized by players' agents in Los Angeles. He even took a two-day trip to Italy.

Time with players has been more difficult for the Warriors this year because agents are typically less willing to allow clients to visit teams that don't have a pick — something Myers knows and understands as a former agent. Instead, Myers relied more on seeing players multiple times throughout the season in games than during any 1-on-1 workout.

The second-year general manager also has taken the extra time to talk to agents and other team executives to gauge what might go down on draft night and free agency.

"I think one thing our organization has become strong in is information," Myers said. "Whether it's relationships with other teams or agents, having information of what's going on outside of your organization is important, and we work hard to cultivate those kinds of relationships and keep them in a positive way so we have the best thing of knowing what's going on. The worst thing in free agency is getting surprised. Even if you don't like the answers you're getting, at least you're getting answers."

Even though the Warriors are without a draft pick now, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have given the general manager the financial backing to buy picks before.

The Warriors paid Charlotte $2 million in a surprising decision to move up in the second round and select Jeremy Tyler 39th overall in 2011. Myers also was plenty busy last June, when the Warriors selected three players — Harrison Barnes (seventh), Festus Ezeli (30th) and Draymond Green (35th) — who turned into immediate contributors, plus Ognjen Kuzmic (52nd) of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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