Whether Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are able to pull off the NBA Finals upset over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, there will be a lot of action taking place across the NBA landscape once the 2020 offseason begins. See our Finals odds here.
With that said, online NBA betting enthusiasts everywhere are going to have a great opportunity to cash in on an NBA betting odds original, created just for you by the expert oddsmakers at BetUS.
The Golden State Warriors own the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. But, it’s no secret that the Dubs are entertaining offers to trade the pick to improve their chances for an immediate turnaround once the 2020-21 regular season gets underway. With that thought in mind, let’s check out this special NBA props line that is centered around to whom the Golden State Warriors could potentially trade their No. 2 pick.
Where Could the Warriors Trade the No. 2 Pick?
Cleveland Cavaliers +500
Chicago Bulls +350
New Orleans Pelicans +600
Philadelphia 76ers Ev
The Cavaliers are publicly saying they have no intention of moving veteran power forward Kevin Love. However, recent rumors and reports say otherwise. Golden State would take on Love’s massive contract, which pays him $31.3 million each of the next two seasons and $28.9 million in the final year of the deal. But then the Warriors would be moving Andrew Wiggins and his equally bulky contract.
Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season. He would pair well with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in Golden State’s now widely used ‘small ball’ lineup. While some believe this trade can’t happen, I believe Love’s addition would help the Warriors get right back to being a title contender next season, long-term be damned.
With Billy Donovan named head coach in Chicago, the Bulls are rumored to be potentially willing to part ways with swingman Zach LaVine and the No. 4 for Golden State’s No. 2 pick and Wiggins. While there will likely be some other players involved and possibly a third team, like Orlando, this trade makes sense to me for the Dubs.
Golden State would acquire one slightly underachieving perimeter player in LaVine for another in the often disappointing Wiggins. The Warriors would also retain a high pick in a draft, where there is definitely no consensus No. 1. Last, but not least, Golden State would be rid of three remaining years on Wiggins’ five-year $148 million dollar deal he signed with Minnesota.
This proposed deal would see veteran point guard Jrue Holiday, 3-point sniper JJ Redick, another player and the No. 13 pick go to Golden State for the No. 2 pick and some combination of Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, and possibly another player.
The Warriors would get two championship-ready veterans in Holiday and Redick. They’d remain in a good position to draft a player that could help, if not immediately, then in the near future. New Orleans would get a shot at landing a potential star, whether that’s Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, or James Wiseman, and a pair of young players with excellent upside in Paschall and Poole. This one sounds reasonable, even if the names of some of the players involved change.
This proposed mega-deal would include Philadelphia sending All-star center Joel Embiid to Golden State in exchange for the 2020 No. 2 overall pick, Wiiggins, young forward Paschall, a 2021 first-round pick via Minnesota, and Golden State’s own 2023 first-round pick.
I’d love to see this trade take place for both teams and believe it would be beneficial to both franchises. However, I just don’t see the Sixers ready to part ways with Embiid. Yes, I believe the sweet-shooting big man would fit in perfectly with Curry and Thompson. Then, Phily could then build around Ben Simmons, Wiggins, and sudden wealth of draft picks. I think the Dubs would rather move down a few spots in the draft to keep a relatively high pick. Then they’d add to their roster with a still-proven veteran or two.
Warriors Trade Betting Prediction
I like New Orleans as my top pick with Holiday and Redick making Golden State’s already legendary backcourt that much more dangerous. The Warriors could still get a quality player at the tail end of the lottery while saving money they’d pay a higher pick.
I also believe Chicago is a team the Warriors could make a trade with. Golden State would be getting a competent defender, decent 3-point shooter, and still-improving swingman in LaVine that would fit well slashing to the basket in the Warriors’ free-flowing offense. The Warriors would also remain near the top of the draft and that has to be appealing. The Bulls would also get back a better scorer in Wiggins that is still relatively young and a shot to land a potential franchise talent at No. 2
Warriors Trade Betting Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +600