Golden State has been upfront about building something for the future. If that’s true, it does make sense to use this to that end. The Warriors could fine him (and maybe did privately). They could suspend him, which they’ve done before. They could trade him, but if they didn’t do it before, it doesn’t make sense to do it from this position of weakness. If the Warriors are going to move on from a franchise legend, it should be because they have a better option in place and not as a form of chastisement.
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According to one NBA insider, Draymond Green would be the first to go if Golden State tanks for a second year in a row. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes says Green needs to perform this season if he wants to remain a Warrior. “I’ll say this. If Draymond comes back and they don’t fare well, we could see a scenario where Draymond will be put out in the market for trade bait,” Haynes said on the latest episode of the Posted Up podcast. “We could see that, the way this franchise is going.”
Several executives consider moving Green as something the Warriors should at least consider, whether it is for a proven talent or a potential one. “He’s , he’s going to get a lot of money and his mouth continues to move,” the Eastern Conference talent evaluator says. “They could probably get another lottery pick for Draymond,” the Eastern Conference GM says. Adds the Western Conference executive, “The Draymond Green trick is over.”
A Gobert-for-Green deal meets salary-cap trade requirements, and the Jazz would get a former Defensive Player of the Year for the reigning one. The Warriors, meanwhile, would get a younger (and physically more imposing) one. Several executives consider moving Green as something the Warriors should at least consider, whether it is for a proven talent or a potential one.
NBA Central: Several executives believe the Warriors should consider moving Draymond Green, per @Ric Bucher “He’s 30, he’s going to get a lot of money and his mouth continues to move…They could probably get another lottery pick for Draymond.” pic.twitter.com/OBU7QiLV3p
Draymond Green signed his big four-year, $100 million extension last Aug. 3. Summer extensions come with a six-month, can’t trade policy. Those six months officially expire on Feb. 3, this upcoming Monday, three days before the deadline. That could be coincidental timing, but, as a few people pointed out when it was agreed upon, it’s also curious timing. If he’d waited a half-week to sign it, that three-day window wouldn’t exist.
Is Green vulnerable? All signs, for now, point to no. This is a franchise intent on competing for the 2021 and 2022 title, before Curry’s prime ends. Even if it hurts their 2024, 2025 prospects, having Green the next two seasons helps them achieve that goal better than the asset-based package he’d likely fetch. And everyone in the franchise still talks about him as the third building block for the future.
What do you think the Warriors plan is if/when Kevin Durant leaves? Marcus Thompson: To get the best perimeter capable player they can for the $7 million they would have. If there is a chance trading Draymond can get them something, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did that. But they’d have to love it. Otherwise, it’s re-sign Klay, extend Draymond and see who wants to run with those guys
What about you? You left $12 million on the table on your last deal. Draymond Green: I’m not sure how it plays out, but I think I’m in the best position out of everybody. Steph was up, now Klay and Kevin are up. That gives me the opportunity to see what everyone else does. And quite frankly, if I am the first to bounce, unless it’s in 2020, it wouldn’t be my decision. I can get traded. But I’m last. I should be the least of everyone’s worries.
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