The Warriors are 2-2 since Draymond Green returned to the lineup. In four games played, Green is averaging 2.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 5.8 APG, and is yet to break a 5-point scoring mark. Numbers-wise, Dray’s off to a slow start to the season. But impact wise, he’s been invaluable for the Warriors.
Draymond obviously has helped a lot in terms of getting us organized, especially when I get off the ball. You see the pictures a little clearer and understand spacing.Steph Curry, San Francisco Chronicle
Draymond’s two-way pertinence for Golden State has never been measured through the stat-sheet. Green’s presence on the floor, his leadership, the way he communicates with others all make Draymond the heart and soul of the Dubs. The only question is, how much longer?
No matter the intangibles Green brings to the table, a certain level of output is necessary to justify a four-year, $100 million extension he signed in ’19. If the Warriors decide to unballast the luxury tax bill that now stands at $147 million, based on the insupportable cost of his productivity, Draymond is one of the guys most likely to get dealt.
I’ll say this, when Draymond comes back, if they don’t fare well, we could see a scenario play out where Draymond will be put out on the market for trade bait.Chris Haynes, Posted Up
According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, the Portland Trail Blazers top the list of teams who’d be thrilled to acquire a 30-year-old forward. In fact, some internal legal tampering on the topic has already been done within the organization, and it was led by the team’s superstar performer.
If we were handicapping Draymond trade destinations if the Warriors decided to blow it up, that’s the one. Damian and his group have for the last couple years been campaigning for that.Sam Amick, The Athletic NBA Show
Lillard and Green are close friends off the court, and the name of the game is star players teaming up. Couple that with the Blazers’ need for a defensive presence both on the perimeter and down low, and a Green trade becomes a no brainer for Rip City.
If Dray continues to underperform for the Warriors, trading him might also make sense for Golden State. Klay Thompson’s Achilles tear put a cap on how deep a playoff push the Dubs can make this season; hence it might be a good time for a roster overhaul.
Now, there’s no doubt Joe Lacob and Bob Myers want the championship core of Green, Thompson, and Curry to retire as Warriors. But sometimes, things don’t work out that way in the NBA, and the organization’s interests have to be put above all. They shouldn’t close the door on trading Draymond, and they should seriously consider the Blazers as a potential trading partner. Dame and the rest of the guys are waiting.