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Warriors’ Draymond Green being targeted for potential move to ESPN

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It seems like the only constant major presence in ESPN’s basketball coverage the past few years has been Stephen A. Smith. With Rachel Nichols’ complete departure from the network and Max Kellerman’s departure from the channel’s flagship debate show “First Take,” Smith has been looking for a new crew to work with. His newest target: Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green.

According to the New York Post, ESPN is interested in trying to get Green, a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year, to join the show for times when he is available.

Green’s role with the network figures to be something along the lines of his work with TNT, in which he often joined “Inside the NBA” to offer unique perspectives on marquee matchups in his spare time.

Given that Stephen A., according to sources, has expressed interest in teaming up with Michael Wilbon and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to host NBA Countdown on ESPN, Draymond would figure to work with the network on that show in some capacity. Obviously, as a current player, he’d only be able to join the show on occasion.

Green has received lots of praise for the work he has done with “Inside the NBA.” His identity as a star player in the modern game gives a truly unique spin to the already decorated show. In a Reddit post to the subreddit r/NBA that received 2,000 upvotes, one fan stated:

“He brings some really good analysis every time he’s appeared and it makes the rest of the guys also actually try and analyse the game. It’s led to some really good discussions and takes about actual basketball. I feel like sometimes the rest of the guys can get quite lazy about actual basketball analysis and just banter and joke around.”

Given that he’s had experience giving both serious insight and entertainment on TNT, Draymond Green would be a great addition to any coverage ESPN has to offer.