Report: Warriors exploring trade packages to move up in the draft to target Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs

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With NBA draft week underway, trade chatter is beginning to heat up around the Golden State Warriors.

While the Warriors have been linked to building a trade for a proven veteran like Bradley Beal, Bob Myers and Steve Kerr could be eying a move for a prospect near the top of the draft.

According to Chad Ford, the Warriors have explored trade packages that include the No. 7 and No. 14 picks to move up in the draft. If Golden State was able to move up, their target is Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, per Ford. If Suggs was off the board, the Warriors would also consider a deal to move up for Florida State’s Scottie Barnes, according to Ford.

Via Chad Ford’s NBA Big Board:

The Warriors have also explored whether the combination of 7 and 14 could get them up a few spots in the draft. Their target? Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, who the Warriors believe could come in and help them now as well as give them big long-term upside down the road. They’d also consider a deal for Scottie Barnes, who has some Draymond Green-esque qualities, if Suggs were off the board.

Read Ford’s full piece here.

Along with Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, USC’s Evan Mobley and G League Ignite guard Jalen Green, Suggs is widely considered as a player to come off the board within the top five picks on Thursday night.

During his freshman season at Gonzaga, Suggs averaged 14.4 points on 50.3% shooting from the floor with 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. Suggs was named the WCC Newcomer of the Year and voted a consensus second-team All-American. On his way to pushing Gonzaga to the NCAA national championship game, Suggs buried a memorable game-winning 3-pointer against UCLA in the Final Four.

Adding Suggs could give the Warriors a powerful young tandem alongside Jordan Poole to pair behind Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. However, it might cost a heavy price to land the 20-year-old out of Gonzaga.

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