Draymond Green's future has again been in the spotlight over the last week after the Golden State Warriors' forward was indefinitely suspended by the league.
The former Defensive Player of the Year is expected to be sidelined for at least the next three weeks, having begun counseling after his latest unsportsmanlike act where he hit Phoenix Suns' big man Jusuf Nurkic.
Could a shock Western Conference rival make a play for Golden State Warriors' forward Draymond Green before the February trade deadline?
Green's indefinite suspension has reopened the question of how much is too much in regard to the Warriors and their willingness to put up with the 33-year-old's antics. Green has already been ejected three times this season, having been previously suspended for five games for his chokehold on Minnesota Timberwolves' center Rudy Gobert.
Discussing potential new homes for Green should Golden State want to move on, The Ringer's Bill Simmons proposed the Oklahoma City Thunder as a realistic fit for the four-time All-Star.
""If you're OKC, would you think about kicking the tyres on Draymond? I thought that would be an interesting gamble for OKC," Simmons said on his podcast. "Draymond's (contract is) pretty low so you can do it with Bertans and one other contract...Matching salaries and some picks.""
Adding a fiery veteran like Green would be a risk for the youthfulThunder outfit, but it equally may be just what they need as a number of young players head towards what would be their first playoff berth.
Led by a widely-regarded top 10 player in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC currently sit second in the West at a 17-8 record. Adding Green would fortify their defense and boost their championship credentials, with the four-time champion potentially forming a fearsome defensive duo with Chet Holmgren who sits third in the league in blocks per game.
However, while it might make sense for the Thunder, Simmons' proposed trade of Davis Bertans, Aleksej Pokuševski and picks is unlikely to cut the mustard for the Warriors. While Stephen Curry remains at an MVP-level, the franchise harbors some remnants of championship aspirations.
Landing Bertans, Pokuševski and future assets would do nothing for Golden State in the short-term, and this is ultimately a deal that would cause nothing but frustration for Curry and the majority of the franchise. Having shown their capability with a big comeback win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, any Green trade would almost assuredly have to return a similar level of win-now help.