Warriors swing surprise trade in NBA Draft’s second round

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors entered Thursday’s draft with three picks to work with, but swung a trade to move up the board in the second round.

The Warriors acquired the 44th overall pick in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks and took Toledo’s Ryan Rollins, a 19-year-old guard. Golden State sent the Hawks their 51st pick, which turned into UConn guard Tyrese Martin.

Golden State is in the market for playmaking depth, and Rollins is a 6-foot-4 guard with an astounding 6-foot-10 wingspan. He shot 45% from the field and 32% from 3 in two years with the Rockets.

Rollins profiles as a combo guard and will turn 20 on July 3, right when the California Classic portion of Summer League begins. Rollins was named to the Mid-Major All-America Team in his sophomore year and First-Team All-MAC team four times.

Rollins is the first player drafted out of Toledo since 1998, when the Philadelphia 76ers took Casey Shaw with the 37th overall pick.

With the No. 55 pick, the Warriors took forward Gui Santos out of the Brazillian Basketball League. Santos could be a draft-and-stash prospect, meaning the Warriors could have him continue to play in Brazil as a development project. The Warriors did this with Justinian Jessup, their 51st overall pick in the 2020 draft who is playing for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia’s National Basketball League.

Santos, 20, went undrafted in the 2021 NBA draft. He averaged 10 points on 45% shooting from the field and 32% from 3 on an average 3 3-pointer attempts per game with the Minas Storm.

Amid the madness, the Warriors also signed undrafted guard University of Memphis guard Lester Quinones to a two-way deal, according to reports. Quinones played with James Wiseman at Memphis.

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With the No. 28 overall pick, the Warriors selected Patrick Baldwin Jr., a freshman who played under his dad, Patrick Baldwin Sr., the head coach at Wisconisn-Milwaukee.

The Warriors have nine free agents heading into the offseason, and therefore the possibility of having a handful of open roster spots. The Baldwin and Rollins picks show they’re leaning toward taking flyers on high-upside players in this draft.

Draymond Green is the Warriors’ most successful second-round pick since they selected Monta Ellis 40th overall in the 2005 draft. Green was selected 35th overall in the 2012 draft out of Michigan State, and can famously name every player drafted before him.

The four-time champion tweeted after the Los Angeles Lakers selected Michigan State’s Max Christie, also 35th overall: “Another 35th pick from Michigan State. History says he’s going to be an All-Star.”

Another 35th pick from Michigan State. History says he’s going to be an All-Star

— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 24, 2022

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