OAKLAND -- Joe Lacob comes up with the cash to get the Warriors to the table, and Bob Myers plays the cards.

It's who the Warriors are now -- high-stakes owner and aggressive general manager examining all angles, all the time.

And if they keep playing it right, it's pushing them to the cutting edge of the league.

Once again on Thursday, the Warriors were the action kings, scrambling and spending and wheeling and dealing all over the back end of the first round of this draft.

"I would describe what we did is we grasped an opportunity that we thought existed in getting the pick," Myers said Thursday night.

"It was almost like watching the market and seeing a stock you like all of a sudden get to a price you didn't think it was going to get to and you grab it."

The Warriors, who entered the day without any picks, bought their way into the first round of the draft, then moved it and moved it one more time.

The cumulative result: After three trades, the Warriors ended getting the 30th pick, and it cost them $600,000 and their 2014 second-round pick.

With the 30th selection, the Warriors finally settled down and selected 22-year-old Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic.

We'll see about Nedovic in the coming weeks, months and years -- he's supposed to be a very explosive driver, with some questions about his shot.

Maybe Nedovic will burst his way onto this season's roster and become a viable backup point guard -- and possibly decrease the Warriors' need to offer Jarrett Jack a long-term deal.

"We've got a lot of great shooters on this team, and we felt we needed another player that can attack the rim, and he's very good at that," Myers said.

Or maybe Nedovic will stay in Europe for another season and then come to the team in 2014-2015, which is already shaping up as a load-up season for the Warriors.

But, for now, the main point is that the Warriors pried their way into this draft with cash and gumption in a deal with Minnesota for the 26th pick.

And then the Warriors kept maneuvering, cutting their costs with the extra moves (picking up $1 million from Oklahoma City and then making another deal with Phoenix) and still landing the guy they wanted.

I thought Myers would try to get a big man if he waded into the draft -- maybe Kansas' Jeff Withey -- to offset the injury loss of Festus Ezeli for the start of the season.

But that's not what he chose to do. He wanted Nedovic. He got him. And it didn't cost the Warriors a ton.

Comparably, they paid $2 million for the second-round pick that netted them Jeremy Tyler two years ago.

Thursday, the Warriors spent less and probably got more.

"The approach we're always working on is to grab an asset," Myers said. "The best organizations have ways to find young assets and grab opportunities when they see them.

"If we didn't see this opportunity or the price for the 26th pick was a future pick or a player, we weren't going to be in that game."

"But when the price was money that our owner was wiling to spend and a future second we hope is late next year, we felt it was worth getting into this draft and getting a player we felt has value and has the most upside for us."

At the very least, the whole process illustrates three solid things about this front office:

  • The willingness to spend money and desire to be aggressive about it;

  • The spotlighting of exactly who they want and the sense to go get him;

  • And the ability to view the panorama of the moment and make moves within that.

    If Nedovic is good, the Warriors probably want him on this season's roster and he could be worked into the guard rotation.

    If Nedovic isn't quite ready, the Warriors could let him stay in Europe and then get ready to bring him in for 2014-15, when they will have tons of cap space and also Nedovic as an asset.

    This is how good teams do it. The Warriors have gotten a lot better in the Lacob/Myers era, and they're aiming for a lot more.

    Thursday gave us more action, and possibly was another step forward.

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