NBA Draft rumors: Shocking Warriors trade, Hornets’ Zion or Ingram preference, Cavs moving up

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram. (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
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Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) and guard Jordan Poole (3) defend. (Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Draft rumors: Warriors explore moving back, Jonathan Kuminga trade

The Warriors hold the No. 19 pick in the NBA Draft but it looks like they’re trying to move back while also maneuvering for more, per Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer in his latest mock draft.

O’Connor also noted a recent report from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (subscription required) about Golden State “exploring the option of acquiring a high draft pick in exchange for a young prospect such as Jonathan Kuminga.”

The Warriors drafted Kuminga at No. 7 overall in 2021. He’s averaged 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game in the first two seasons of his career. Just when it looked like he was beginning to flourish in Andrew Wiggins’ absence, the young forward saw his minutes dwindle in the playoffs. Now he’s trade fodder.

And he’s not the only one Golden State can ponder trading. The team has received trade calls regarding Jordan Poole, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

Basically, new GM Mike Dunleavy Jr. has a bunch of balls to juggle as the draft approaches and a shocking trade or two could be part of the trick.

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