As a 3x All-Star, 3x NBA Champion, 5x All-Defensive Player, and the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green is one of the most coveted players in the NBA.
And while the Warriors haven’t explicitly made him available in trade talks, he might not be completely untouchable. In his recent article, Alan Mena of Hoops Habit explained why the Dubs would dare to part with the defensive juggernaut.
One major area of concern is that Draymond Green has struggled to produce on both ends of the floor. The 29-year-old has not been effective as usual in 14 games played so far. Needless to say, Draymond is unlikely to become an All-Star this season unless he really starts making a difference on the court.
His lack of defensive leadership on an almost entirely new team is slightly concerning due to the fact that until the return of Curry, Klay Thompson and Russell (who did return for Wednesday’s loss at Charlotte), the Warriors are no longer a threat to win the NBA championship.
Furthermore, the Warriors have the third-highest payroll ($139,734,684) in the NBA, which makes this decision even more critical until their total payroll decreases through expiring contracts to a total of $99,714,979 in 2022-23.
The Ringer’s Paolo Uggetti explained why Portland would be one of the first teams in the race for Green:
Draymond Green seems like he’d be an ideal fit next to McCollum and Lillard, but he can’t be traded until four days before the deadline, and the Warriors have yet to give any indication that they would even be willing to listen to offers.
And, of course, the Heat — who would no doubt be enticed by a potential pairing of Dray and Jimmy Butler.
The Miami Heat are on the hunt for stars, and Green fits their style of play. He plays tough defense and is all about hustle, which fits perfectly next to their superstar Jimmy Butler.
As a Warriors since 2012, it’s hard to imagine him playing anywhere else. He has been with the team through good times and the bad.
But in light of their current circumstances, it might not be a bad idea to let him go — especially if it sets them up down the line.