Will The Warriors Dangle Draymond Green At The Trade Deadline?

Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 116-106 win over the Detroit Pistons, putting them at 2-2 on the young season.

While Golden State is expected to be more competitive after hitting rock bottom last season, going dead last in the Western Conference at 15-50, no one believes they will make enough noise to recapture the glory of the past few seasons when they were hoisting titles.

With that, there’s going to be rumors about the team trying to dump salary, and one player who could very well be on the move come the trade deadline is outspoken former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green.

Green was sidelined for all of training camp and the preseason because of a positive coronavirus test, and he has yet to play this season due to a foot injury.

NBA insider Chris Haynes said this week on his “Posted Up” podcast that the Warriors might be open to moving Green if they find themselves in the midst of another tough season.

“I’ll say this: If when Draymond comes back, they don’t fare well, we could see a scenario play out where Draymond will be put out on the market for trade bait,” Haynes said.

“We could see that, the way this franchise is going. I know a team that would, oh my goodness, I know a team that would salivate if that was the case, I’m not gonna mention that … I know a team that would be salivating.”

Green will be 31 soon, and is in the middle of a four-year, $100 million maximum contract extension that he inked in August of 2019.

Last season in 43 games with the Warriors, Green put in eight points a game and pulled down 6.2 rebounds with 6.2 assists per night.

Green clearly isn’t the same player he once was, one of the most feared defensive players in the league. However, he still can garner some return in a trade if the Warriors want to start to dismantle their former championship roster.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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