Draymond Green set the alarms at the Golden State Warriors organization when rumors surfaced suggesting he would like to get a max extension, which would cost a lot for the team's owner. They have three players waiting for an extension right now, Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole, and perhaps one or two of them will be forced to leave the team to make room for the others.
It seems like the 4x NBA champion is set on making this happen, or he'll try his luck somewhere else. Draymond is a very good player, a proven winner who can provide a lot to any team in the association.
That's why he won't miss suitors if he shockingly decides to end his tenure with the Warriors. Many franchises would be interested in having a player like Green on the roster, but that won't happen so easily. However, there might be a squad that could lure him away from the Bay and bring him back home.
Heavy's Sean Deveney recently spoke to an Eastern Conference executive who claimed Draymond has always wanted to play for the Detroit Pistons.
“Draymond has always wanted to go there, he has always wanted to play for the Pistons. And they’ll have the cap space. It’s hard to see Draymond playing anywhere else outside Golden State but if it going to happen anywhere, Detroit would be a good bet,” the executive told Deveney.
The interest appears to be mutual, as the Pistons consider Green a great addition to their team.
“Detroit has always wanted Draymond on that team, (owner Tom) Gores has always wished they had gotten him in that (2012) draft in the second round (Green was gone when the Pistons picked, and they took Khris Middleton),” the executive explained to Deveney. Gores is a Michigan State guy, and they wanted to give Draymond an offer sheet when he was a free agent (in 2015), but by then, the Warriors were going to match any offer. So they just have not had the chance. If they can show some improvement this year with their young guys, they could get themselves in the mix.”
The Pistons have an interesting core for the future, with young players like Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, Killian Hayes, and others ready to make some noise in the league. Perhaps the addition of Green can take them to the next level, but it's too early to say if the player will entertain leaving the Warriors.