Short-attention-span reading, and writing ...

For now, it's just a hint here, an inkling there -- NBA draft whispers and educated pass-alongs from cellphone to cellphone.

However, with just over a week to go before the Warriors are on the clock June 28 for their No. 7 overall selection, I think I can do some narrowing down.

Though they have explored many options, the Warriors are unlikely to trade the pick, according to several league sources.

General manager Bob Myers and his staff have looked around for an established small forward, a move up to the second overall pick or possibly a move down to the middle of the round.

But at this point, No. 7 just isn't valuable enough for the big strike.

Better to use it than to push themselves and the pick into a forced trade.

  • No surprise, the Warriors like several of the wing players expected to go in the first six picks -- Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida's Bradley Beal and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.

    But multiple sources say the Warriors' front office soured on Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Baylor's Perry Jones III after the two 'tweener forwards were unimpressive in last week's group workout.

    Meanwhile, Warriors ownership apparently has indicated that drafting a big man with the seventh pick would be its preference if there isn't a standout at any other position.

    Which leads to ...


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    Scenario 1: If a top wing player unexpectedly slips to the Warriors, they will take him in a blink.

    Barnes seems to be the likeliest candidate for a drop to the seventh slot after two good college seasons and one horrible tournament performance this spring.

    There's a lot to like about Barnes (scoring ability, athleticism), but maybe not a lot to love (no premier skill, questionable defense), and teams in the top six might fall in love with other perimeter players.

    Either way, if he gets to the Warriors, Barnes -- the treasured "best available player" pick -- probably would be penciled in as the starting small forward right away.

    In this situation, I'd expect the Warriors to look to trade incumbent starter Dorell Wright for salary-cap relief and maybe future draft picks.

    Scenario 2: If form holds and no top-tier wing drops to them, the Warriors could pick another North Carolina product -- big man Tyler Zeller.

    Zeller wouldn't be a sexy choice, and he doesn't project to be a starting NBA center. But Zeller can rebound, shoot and run and figures to be an immediate producer backing up both post positions.

    Remember, Andrew Bogut and David Lee finished last season on the injured list, Andris Biedrins can't be counted on even for cameo minutes, and Jeremy Tyler remains a large question mark.

    At this point, it sounds like the Warriors' brass has Zeller ranked ahead of the other second- or third-tier big men, including Illinois' Meyers Leonard and North Carolina's John Henson.

  • One name to erase from consideration at No. 7 and probably well beyond that: Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger wasn't high on the Warriors' list to begin with but now has been pushed to the bottom of consideration after receiving a red flag on his back from NBA doctors.

    I'm not sure the Warriors would use even their 30th overall pick on Sullinger at this point.

  • There are more possibilities for the Warriors with the seventh pick, depending on how the first six picks go and who wins the debate in the draft room.

    I'm not saying there's currently a consensus favored candidate -- as there was last year with Klay Thompson -- because I don't believe there is that kind of clarity this year.

    If mercurial Connecticut big man Andre Drummond slips out of the top six, he surely will have some support -- and some skeptics -- in the Warriors' draft room.

    Weber State point guard Damian Lillard, an Oakland product, also could be an intriguing topic of conversation for Warriors executives.

    And there are suggestions around the league that Jerry West has a dark horse candidate or two, always an entertaining staple of front-office conjecture.

    But for now, let's start with a base assumption: If Barnes slips through, the Warriors would be happy to take him, and if he doesn't, Zeller is the big-man fallback.

    Until everything changes, then changes 15 more times, until we all could end up back where we started.

    Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.