The Golden State Warriors are in a tough spot right now. With major injuries to stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson along with lesser injuries to players like D’Angelo Russell and Kevon Looney, the once powerhouse of a team is now at the bottom of the league with a 5-22 record.
However much Warriors forward Draymond Green has endeared himself to the team’s fanbase in the last few years isn’t relevant — if the organization decides to put Green on the trading block, there are a few teams that should jump at the chance to add the five-time NBA All-Defensive Team honoree.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have been one of the biggest letdowns of the new NBA season so far. After making the Western Conference Finals last year, Portland currently sits with a 10-16 record and at 11th place in the West. Injuries to players like Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, and Rodney Hood have played a big factor in the Blazers’ disappointing season but adding a talent like Green could be beneficial for a team in desperate need for help at the forward position.
Draymond Green isn’t much of a scorer but with the Blazers already having offensive-minded players like Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Carmelo Anthony on the roster, the 6-foot-6 forward could give the team a much-needed infusion of defense.
Los Angeles Lakers
With a 23-3 record to start the season, the Lakers are arguably already the best team in the league thus far. Regardless, Draymond Green and Anthony Davis would team up to be the best defensive frontcourt in the NBA. It’s also worth mentioning that like LeBron James, Green is a Klutch Sports client so there could already be a connection there.
No, it doesn’t seem like the Lakers need Green but it would certainly make the team even more formidable and allow Green to become a tertiary option behind James and Davis — a role he is likely more comfortable in playing.
While the Blazers have overwhelmed, many see the Heat as one of the most surprising teams this season. At 18-7, the Heat are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff discussions and behind a bevy of breakout players, Miami looks like it could be a true contender in the East.
However, most think that the team could use another star alongside Jimmy Butler to truly push the team over the hump. A lineup of Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, Draymond Green, and Bam Adebayo could be scary good and would add to an already solid defensive team.
After a hot start to the season, the Timberwolves have lost seven games in a row and are now 10-15 on the year. Karl-Anthony Towns remains one of the best big men in the league, Andrew Wiggins is having a resurgent year but it seems like the Timberwolves could use one more star to put them back into playoff contention.
Robert Covington is playing well for Minnesota but he is more of a fit at small forward. Statistically, the Timberwolves allow the fourth-most points per game in the NBA. Draymond Green would help remedy that as well as bring playoff and championship experience to a young team that hasn’t had much success.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have been a mess this season. As a result, rumors have circulated that the team might be open to trading either DeMar DeRozan or LaMarcus Aldridge and begin the process of a rebuild.
However, the Spurs have made the playoffs in 22 consecutive years and it’s unclear if Greg Popovich is willing to let that end. Pairing Draymond Green with Aldridge and DeRozan could be the boost the Spurs need to at least get back to being competitive.