Since being picked as the 35th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Draymond Green has become a vital part of the Golden State Warriors. He’s a three-time NBA champion and the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year. And while he stands at six-foot-six as a power forward, he can play the center position at any given time. Green gives Steve Kerr the flexibility to play small ball, which creates mismatches.
At 35, Draymond Green is beyond his best years. And yet, he still plays at a high level. His scoring may have been going down but, his energy on the court is still there. More importantly, he has the “talent” to play mind games that sometimes gets into the mind of whoever he’s guarding.
However, Green’s mind games hurt the Warriors too. In essence, many believed that the Warriors would have won four to five NBA titles from 2015 to 2019, with the latter three with Kevin Durant. Unfortunately, a dispute between Green and Durant ended the Durant era in Golden State of the 2018-2019 season.
Draymond Green Wants Out of Golden State?
While the two appeared to have patched things up, as evident in Green’s show “Chips,” where he interviewed Kevin Durant, some say this interview is more than just two former teammates talking to each other. Some see this interview as Draymond Green’s saying he wants out of Golden State.
Green even said, “I would love to see D-Book (Devin Booker) win a championship,” Is this a subtle hint that he wants to play alongside Booker in Phoenix? Perhaps.
The interview, according to observers, is Green’s way of getting back at the Warriors front office for the way they handled the trade rumors involving Golden State’s number 23.
If Draymond Green gets put on the trading block, he would still attract interest due to his ability to play like a point-center. With the game continuously evolving, Green’s ability to facilitate the offense gives any team a big boost.
Option One: A Doncic-Green Tandem in Dallas
The Dallas Mavericks have been trying to build a supporting cast around Luka Doncic. While some got excited when Kristaps Porzingis arrived in Dallas, Porzingis hasn’t produced much as the second scoring option next to Doncic.
Porzingis only averaged 13 points and five rebounds during the 2021 playoffs. What was worse is that he only shot 29% from the three-point line.
While acquiring Draymond Green will require Dallas to send more players aside than Porzingis, Green’s defensive energy will benefit Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in many ways. His playoff experience will also be a big boost for Doncic.
The only question for Golden State is this: will they accept Kristaps Porzingis, an injury-prone player?
Option Two: Green Joins Jazz Band in Utah
The Utah Jazz failed to reach the 2021 Western Conference Finals despite owning the best record in the NBA during the 2020-2021 regular season. Part of the reason for the failure is that Donovan Mitchell just came from an injury he sustained during the final stretch of the regular season.
Another reason? The Jazz couldn’t play with a small lineup against the Los Angeles Clippers, who lost Kawhi Leonard to an injury. That’s where Draymond Green fits into the symphony in Utah.
Assuming that Utah sends Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic to San Francisco in exchange for Draymond Green, it’s a win-win deal for the Warriors and the Jazz.
Golden State would receive a pair of long-distance snipers. Ingles shot 41% from the three-point line during the 2021 playoffs, while Bogdanovic was better at 46%. Imagine Ingles and Bogdanovic making it rain alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Utah would add another defensive monster in Draymond Green to pair up a three-time Defensive Player of the Year in Rudy Gobert. While Green’s scoring numbers could be a question mark, he could make it up by setting plays for Mitchell and Gobert.
Option Three: Green-Simmons Swap
Of all the trade rumors involving Draymond Green, the Ben Simmons angle makes the noisiest noise of all.
Many see Ben Simmons as a younger and more athletic version of Draymond Green. And yes, they share the same weakness: they can’t shoot consistently.
Draymond Green would help the Philadelphia 76ers in many ways Ben Simmons didn’t. Green is a better defender than Simmons. Unlike Simmons, Green shoots better from the three-point line. He shot 22% during the 2019 playoffs. And, his experience will help Joel Embiid, especially in the playoffs.
For Golden State, trading Draymond Green for Ben Simmons provides Curry and company a younger and more athletic ball handler. It will take away less pressure on Steph Curry. The only question is this: Will Golden State pull the trigger?
That’s the question: Will Golden State pull the trigger on any Draymond Green trade?