When the Warriors and Denver Nuggets meet Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, the visitors will have a player who could fill a serious need for Golden State.
According to multiple sources, the Warriors have inquired about Nene, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound center from Brazil. But the Nuggets would have to agree to trade him, and Nene would have to agree to a contract extension because he is a pending free agent.
So he remains a relative dream.
"We have to look at what we have," Warriors coach Keith Smart said. "We can't wish and hope for something we don't have."
Nene, who is averaging 15.3 points per game on an NBA-best 64.4 percent shooting, would seem to quench the Warriors' thirst for inside scoring.
But help likely won't come before the Feb. 24 deadline, according to insiders. Some of the other bigs the Warriors would love -- such as Memphis' Marc Gasol -- aren't available, would require dismantling the nucleus of the team or don't want to sign with Golden State.
That leaves the Warriors relying on a committee of post players.
One of them doesn't believe management needs to acquire someone to fill the need.
"Collectively, I would say yes we could do it," center Andris Biedrins said about the Warriors' existing players. "If you just give us the opportunities, we can prove we don't need it."
Warriors forward David Lee said he's getting his post game going again after having been predominantly a pick-and-roll player most of the time. In limited opportunities, rookie Ekpe Udoh has shown flashes of inside scoring ability.
Biedrins, who over his last five games has made 65.4 percent of his shots, said he could produce more inside if he gets the ball. And Brandan Wright said he is confident he can get the Warriors some offense inside, though he's hardly used.
"You really have to ask Coach Smart why I couldn't help the team out in that (area)," said Wright, who scored on his one post-up attempt during just five minutes of play in Monday's 104-92 loss to Phoenix. "I guess I'm not the man for the job right now. I could easily produce. I'm in the best shape of my life. I feel good about my game."
Smart said establishing the inside is going to take a team effort. The staff needs to develop the current players' abilities in that area. The perimeter players need to do a better job of looking inside. The big men need to demand the ball by getting in position, calling for the ball and giving the entry passer a good target.
In any case, an answer from another team won't be coming soon.
The Warriors probably can't pry LaMarcus Aldridge from Portland or Andrew Bogut from Milwaukee. It's unlikely they would be willing to assume the expensive risk of injury-plagued Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman.
Their best chance of landing a big man who can score inside, one team source said, will likely be in the offseason. But even that will depend on collective bargaining negotiations.
So, until then, keep dreaming.