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Warriors are sitting out this dance, deal for Love doubtful

OAKLAND, Calif. --The Warriors do not have a pick in the NBA draft Thursday, and it's possible they could also stand on the sideline as Minnesota trades Kevin Love in a deal including another team's draft picks.

General manager Bob Myers declined to comment Tuesday on a report that a potential Warriors deal for Love was "dead" as the Timberwolves weigh their options with the star forward. As for obtaining a draft pick, Myers said last week that it would be improbable.

"I think unlikely is how I would gauge it, but everything's pretty fluid, so I never want to rule it out, but I think it will be difficult to get one this year," Myers said.

The Warriors entered last year's draft without a pick and ended up making a series of trades to acquire the rights to guard Nemanja Nedovic. But this year the odds are against them getting in on the festivities, to be kicked off by Cleveland making a decision on the No. 1 overall pick.

That's because in July the Warriors included $3.2 million and this year's first-round pick to Utah to complete a three-way trade for Andre Iguodala. The $3.2 million is the exact amount the NBA's collective bargaining agreement limits in trades for this year, so the Warriors can't spend cash like they did to help acquire Nedovic.

"We don't have a ton of tools to obtain a pick," Myers said.

The pickless Warriors still did their homework despite top prospects choosing not to come in for workouts in Oakland. For example, they sent a scout to go watch potential lottery picks in Creighton's Doug McDermott and Michigan's Nik Stauskas.

"You never know on draft night what may or may not occur, but what you can't do is sit there and get presented with whatever pick it is and say, 'Well, I haven't seen that guy, so I can't make a decision,'" said Myers, adding the Warriors saw most of the top 20 prospects perform in workouts outside of Oakland.

Myers said the Warriors -- who are pursuing established players such as Love and already have plenty of young players -- aren't necessarily in need of a pick.

Their 2012 draft picks -- Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green and Ognjen Kuzmic -- remain on the roster. Myers said he'd like to see Kuzmic and Nedovic get more playing time rather than be pushed down on the depth chart.

"I'd like to have a pick, for sure," Myers said. "I think it's a nice thing to have and continue to stock the cupboard, but we're pretty young."

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