Draymond Green trade should be on the table, NBA execs say
In a story posted by Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, league officials shared takes on what moves the Golden State Warriors could consider heading into next season. However, as Bucher notes, “there has been no indication…that the Warriors are exploring ways to improve by tinkering with their current core” of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and now Andrew Wiggins, though some folks around the league think GM Bob Myers should explore dealing Green.
“He’s , he’s going to get a lot of money and his mouth continues to move,” one source told Bucher. An East GM surmised that the Warriors “could probably get another lottery pick” for Green. Another executive went as far as to say, “the Draymond Green trick is over.”
On the other hand, another VP “insists that Green’s intangibles as a leader and locker room presence remain too valuable to lose, especially with a talented but undisciplined addition to groom in Wiggins…’Draymond is not going to allow him to take plays off, and that’s invaluable…When Wiggins is your fourth-best player on a team with championship experience, that’s a great situation. He is super talented, but he has no clue how to play. He’s learning. He needed to play with guys who know how to play.'”
Bucher also notes that if the Utah Jazz feel pressure to trade Rudy Gobert—whose relationship with Donovan Mitchell has grown contentious—some believe the Warriors should explore a swapping Defensive Player of the Year winners.
Either way, Steve Kerr and co. will expect to have Curry and Thompson back at full strength whenever the 2020-21 season begins. Golden State will also have a top draft pick, and apparently have center James Wiseman at the top of their board. There’s no telling how that will impact their decision to keep Green or trade him.