Draymond Green may have lost his jumper since Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors in 2016, but one thing that never left him is his supreme confidence. Green says what he means and never minces words, a trait of his that likely led to him signing a multi-year deal with TNT to join Inside the NBA while still being an active player. Dray recalled his battles with Daryl Morey’s Houston Rockets and divulged what he felt Houston’s biggest mistake was in those matchups to the hosts of the Old Man and The Three, Tommy Alder and JJ Redick.
Morey's biggest mistake
“His biggest mistake was him coming out and saying that this team was built to beat the Warriors. Real G’s move in silence, Daryl.” - Draymond Green, The Old Man and the Three.
Morey, like Green, is also a man who says what he means. Who could forget the debacle surrounding Daryl during the NBA preseason tour in China, where the former Rockets GM plunged his former employer into irrelevance in one of the NBA’s most significant markets with some controversial comments on the Chinese Government. It’s possible that Daryl might take that one back if he had the chance, but as to the remarks Dray’s referring to, I'm sure Morey has no regrets. However, one instance where Daryl should heed Dray’s advice is regarding the worst-kept secret in the league, Morey’s pursuit of Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden.
Morey has made it known to the public that he wants nothing less than a top 40 player in return for disgruntled superstar Ben Simmons. He is also willing to wait for how the situation with potential frustrated superstars will pan out. Well, there is no superstar more frustrated right now than his former player, James Harden. Sources reported a few days ago that Harden is looking to test free agency this summer, and rumors regarding a potential sign-and-trade to Philadelphia in exchange for Simmons are swirling.
Morey has options for Ben Simmons
Of course, it’s hard to imagine a team not wanting James Harden on their squad. Harden is one of the greatest scorers this game has ever seen, but more importantly, he combines his outstanding scoring with a superb playmaking ability that helps elevate his teammates by getting them easy looks at the basket. Morey is probably frothing at the mouth with the idea of a Joel Embiid and James Harden tandem, but if he can learn anything from Dray, it's that in order to make that happen, it is probably best that he doesn’t share his intentions with the rest of the NBA world.
Why? Well, Ben Simmons is an amazing player, but we all know that the NBA’s last memory is not so ideal. If James Harden is available, best believe that it’s not only Morey and the 76ers that are interested in acquiring the former MVP. Morey’s attitude towards this could create an arms race for Harden, which, although they may not be willing, many teams have the ability to match.
What if the Lakers decide to move in a different direction and offer AD or LeBron for Harden? Or the Clippers doing the same with Kawhi or PG? Both teams are in Harden’s hometown, and all four players are arguably more attractive to the Nets than Ben Simmons, as the market for the Australian point-forward seems to be drying up. The Sacramento Kings, one of the few potential trade partners Morey was in discussions with, have already withdrawn from trade talks, so if I’m Daryl Morey, I'm taking Dray’s advice and moving in silence, but perhaps it may be too late.