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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"What do they say, 'Past performance doesn't predict future results?'" Myers said. "But in this case it might be right."

If Myers makes a move to acquire a pick, it will likely be a second rounder. First-round picks come with guaranteed contracts, which can be riskier and costlier — not to mention the Warriors would likely have to give up a valuable player to acquire one.

Myers would prefer to find a way to get a pick because rookie salaries are inexpensive and the risk-reward factor is far more favorable. However, he said, "We're not desperate to get one."

There are other factors that could impact Myers' decision, too.

Ezeli will likely be sidelined a minimum of six to nine months after right knee surgery last week, meaning finding another backup center has become a pressing need. Myers confirmed Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush have all opted into the final year of their contracts, as expected, tying up salary space in free agency.

Carl Landry has until June 26 — the day before the draft — to decide whether to opt out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal. While Landry is expected to become a free agent, Myers said he has not been informed of a final decision and expects he won't until the day the decision has to be made. Jarrett Jack also will be a free agent, and how much he commands might not be known until mid-July.

And everything the Warriors do this season is with 2014 in mind.

The team has about $38 million in contracts coming off the books next June — mostly the contracts of Biedrins and Jefferson — and could be a major player in a free-agent class that will likely include LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, among several other notable All-Stars.

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NOTES: Myers said All-Star PF David Lee is expected to be ready by training camp after surgery to repair a torn right hip flexor. ... Myers has had informal discussions with Mark Jackson's agent, Arn Tellem, about a contract extension for the coach. Jackson's team option for the 2014-15 season has not been picked up yet. Tellem was Myers' long-time mentor at the Wasserman Media Group. "The best thing is I think all the parties involved feel good," Myers said.

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