Posted May 26, 2012

Report: Warriors discuss trade with Jazz to keep lottery pick

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The Warriors, and director of scouting Larry Riley, are discussing a trade with the Jazz to keep their lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Golden State Warriors are in talks with the Utah Jazz to ensure they keep their lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The NBA Draft lottery is Wednesday. Golden State needs to land in the top eight to keep its pick. It has a 72 percent chance of doing that. The Warriors previously dealt the pick to New Jersey, who swung it to the Jazz in dealing for star point guard Deron Williams.

The Warriors are discussing sending “a combination of future draft considerations, cash and/or a relaxation of the current restrictions on Utah’s rights to the pick in question in either 2013 or 2014,” according to the ESPN report. The report adds that Golden State’s pick is protected within the top seven in 2013 and within the top six in 2014.

Golden State won a coin flip in early April that gave them the No. 7 pick. The Warriors tied with the Toronto Raptors for the NBA’s seventh-worst record at 22-43 during the season. The Jazz bowed out in the first round of the NBA playoffs, falling 4-0 in its series against the San Antonio Spurs.