Some executives believe the Golden State Warriors should begin shopping Draymond Green and explore his trade value.
For years, Draymond Green was considered an integral member of the Golden State Warriors championship system. Things have changed since then, as a few NBA executives think the Dubs would be better off shopping the former Defensive Player of the Year.
Why would the Warriors want to trade Green? After all, his versatility and defensive prowess helped the franchise capture three titles last decade. However, Green hasn’t been as effective in the last two seasons.
As one Western Conference executive stated, ‘the Draymond Green trick is over’. According to Rich Bucher, several front office members across the league share this same opinion.
Whether or not Green is truly out of his prime is hard to determine. Yes, the three-time All-Star is approaching his 30s and has regressed athletically in the last two seasons. But, it should be noted that Green has played in five consecutive NBA Finals and will benefit greatly from an extended rest period.
The more pressing question is what could the Warriors get in exchange for Green? A GM from the Eastern Conference thinks the Dubs can ‘probably’ get another lottery pick in return.
Sadly, the Warriors might not be very interested in a lottery pick. They already have a high-quality pick in this year’s draft and another first round selection next season via the Minnesota Timberwolves. Instead, the Warriors would want to acquire an established player with star talent.
The problem here is Green’s expensive contract will put limitations on who the Dubs can acquire. It’s unlikely an opposing team accepts to swap a max contract caliber player for Green.
Overall, it feels the Warriors are in a bad position to maximize Green’s value in a trade right now. Perhaps they can revisit this possibility at next year’s trade deadline if Green can prove he is still a top tier talent. For now, it’s not worth trading him.