The Golden State Warriors have acquired the Atlanta Hawks’ 41st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, giving up a cash compensation of $1.3 million and a 2024 second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Hawks shopped their No. 44 pick to the Miami Heat on Wednesday and now have the Nos. 8, 10, 17 and 35 for Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Warriors have the 28th pick, along with Nos. 41 and 58.
The Warriors have continued a now longstanding tradition of buying draft picks in the midst of a scarce availability in recent years. While a 41st pick might not seem like a big deal for the Warriors, this is general manager Bob Myers anticipating what could be a tough summer acquiring free agents, as Golden State will likely have to make due with veterans willing to pay for the minimum.
In this instance, the Warriors would benefit more by having players that can make an impact and play while on rookie-scale contracts, which are much cheaper than the vet’s minimum. The Dubs will be likely staring at luxury tax pandemonium this season upon offering the max to Klay Thompson, even more so if their max offer to Kevin Durant is accepted.
Golden State hasn’t had much luck with recent draft selections, as the last two selections the organization bought weren’t what they were hoping for. Back in 2016, the Warriors purchased the rights for the 38th overall pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, which turned into Patrick McCaw, who eventually hard-balled his way out of the organization this past season.
The year after, the Warriors purchased the same exact 38th pick, this time from the Chicago Bulls, selecting Jordan Bell with it. Bell hasn’t seen very many minutes under Steve Kerr and has visibly lost the coach’s confidence, now fighting for a chance to stay on the roster.
If Golden State can get two players that can contribute in this upcoming season, this trade with the Hawks will be a win, even if it’s minor in consequence.