The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks are two teams on separate paths right now. As the Dubs look to secure their third Championship in as many years, Atlanta is hoping for a high lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
Still, they might find common ground in the future of Draymond Green. According to Bleacher Report‘s Zach Buckley, the teams could strike a deal for the 3x All-Star.
“There’s a best-case scenario in which Green fits like a glove as both the defensive anchor John Collins needs alongside him and the deft distributor who increases the potency of the Young-Huerter backcourt,” Buckley wrote. “Since Golden State has determined it can’t fit Green into the budget in this scenario, it should be glad to take back a future first-round flier and a three-and-D rotation player.”
In the piece, Buckley notes both Atlanta GM Travis Schlenk’s past ties with Golden State and his desire to build a “Warriors of the East.” With Trae Young and Kevin Huerter in the backcourt, the foundation is already there and Draymond would certainly add a tone to their defensive schemes.
But whether or not the Warriors are willing to part with Green is another matter. If both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson stay put, Green could be the odd man out as the Warriors look to save some money this summer. Even if they do decide to let go of Draymond, it is likely that there will be a lot of suitors, prepared to offer more intriguing packages than Taurean Prince and a 2020 1st-rounder.