OAKLAND -- With the 2013 NBA draft a week away, Golden State sits on the outside looking in. But general manager Bob Myers suggests the Warriors may not stay bystanders.
"We'd love to have a pick," Myers said Wednesday in a meeting with local media. "What we would look at if it would make sense and there's a nice young player. ... It's always good to have young players. They're cheaper. ... The fact that we have a lot of young players makes it that we're not desperate. But if you can find good players on rookie deals, you always want to do that."
Last year, the Warriors had four picks and didn't want to use them all. They drafted four players and stashed one in Europe.
This year, their first-round pick (No. 21 overall) goes to Utah, finally paying off a debt from a 2008 trade. Golden State's second-round pick (No. 51), shipped away in the David Lee trade, landed in the hands of Orlando.
That leaves Myers and his staff looking for a way to get into the mix. They can't even bring in the better talents of the draft because they don't work out for teams without picks.
The Warriors have never gone without at least a second-round pick. Myers said they can buy their way into the draft. If the team is looking to sell a pick, Golden State has $1.6 million to spend -- the amount it has left of the $3 million out of pocket per year the league allows to spend on trades.
"Our ownership's willing to spend," Myers said. "We have an ownership group that if we designate a player worth spending on, they'll give us the green light."
Myers also said it was an option to trade into the draft, but that's a tricky proposition because it probably would mean giving up young talent. He didn't rule it out, but you got the sense the team really would have to like the player it would get in the draft.
He said the Warriors are taking and making calls but nothing is really feasible until the day of the draft.
Whether they get into the draft or not, the Warriors have some definite needs. With big man Festus Ezeli losing potentially half the year after knee surgery, Golden State needs a big man. And with Jarrett Jack a free agent, it could be in the market for a backup point guard.
Getting into the draft could be a way to address one of those needs for cheap.
He has a player option on the final year of his contract, set to pay him $4 million next season. But his contract states he must decide the day before the draft.
Landry is expected to opt out and shop for a longer, more lucrative deal. But he said the decision is tough because he loved his first season with the Warriors and wants to stay.
Landry is the last contractual unknown on the Warriors' roster. Forward Richard Jefferson ($11 million), center Andris Biedrins ($9 million) and forward Brandon Rush ($4 million) all passed on the chance to opt out of their contracts.
Myers, Tellem's former protégé, said they've only thrown out ideas about Jackson's contract, which has next season and a team option for 2014-15 remaining. The Warriors could guarantee the last year on the contract or agree to an extension with Jackson.
Doing nothing means Jackson goes into this season as a virtual lame duck with just one year guaranteed.