I’m surprised at the lack of news, let alone chatter and rumors today. I expected a lot more leading up to the draft. I thought we’d hear more about the Warriors shopping their pick with Monta Ellis, but I’ve heard nothing concrete about that. So, as of right now it seems like the Warriors will be content to take their pick at No. 6 and draft Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh.
ESPN’s Chad Ford, in his latest mock draft, version 7.1, made no changes or updates to the Warriors’ draft plans. He still has them picking Udoh. Here’s what Ford writes about the Warriors (it’s basically unchanged from this morning’s version, but I can’t remember if I included the excerpt before):
The Warriors are talking to a number of teams about potential trades and it looks like the No. 6 pick is up for grabs. The cost, however, is high. The Warriors want whoever takes the pick to also take the contract of Monta Ellis as part of the deal. If the Warriors keep the pick, they’re deciding between Greg Monroe and Ekpe Udoh. My source continues to support what I first reported Tuesday night, that Udoh has the edge. How he fits alongside two other athletic, shot-blocking big men — Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright — is a bit of a mystery. But then again, we’re talking about the Warriors.
Is this a smokescreen? Is all this quiet the calm before the storm? Will something big or unexpected happen in the next hour? Hard to say. Stay tuned.