Draymond Green, constantly in the news for the wrong reasons, is quickly becoming a public relations nightmare for the Golden State Warriors. And if Green continues to be a troublemaker, the 2015 champions wouldn’t think twice about trading the forward, per several league sources.
Many Warriors fans blame Green for Golden State’s historic collapse during the NBA Finals against Cleveland when the Oakland-based team blew a 3-1 series lead after Green got himself suspended for Game 5.
Draymond Green: The troublemaker
Throughout the playoffs, Green was on thin ice with NBA referees due to his plethora of flagrant and technical fouls. Many felt he was fortunate to escape a suspension for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin area during the conference finals.
Barely a month after the Finals, the controversial all-star was arrested for slapping a Michigan State football player before getting released on a $200 bond. Last month, Green tarnished his image again by “accidently” posting a picture of his genitals on social media.
Earlier this year, Warriors owner Joe Lacob told the New York Times Magazine that his organization was the new standard-bearer of the NBA. “We are light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things,” Jacob had said.
How can the standard-bearer of the NBA support a player who posts unacceptable pictures on the internet, gets suspended for a crucial finals game and arrested for getting into brawls? Clearly, the Warriors and Green are not on the same page and a break-up is imminent.
Why DeMarcus Cousins?
Despite Green’s troubles, it’s difficult to argue that the versatile forward is a top-10 player in the league. Last season, he earned himself a berth in the All-NBA Second Team, the All-NBA Defensive First Team and the all-star team. He also finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
Therefore, the Warriors believe that Green shouldn’t be traded for anything less than another top-10 caliber player who can be slotted into the starting unit at once.
Earlier this month, Blue Man Hoops argued that Cousins would be the ideal long term replacement for Zaza Pachulia, who the Warriors signed this offseason to replace Andrew Bogut.
“Zaza Pachulia isn’t the long-term answer for the Warriors and it’s hard to imagine this year’s first round draft pick Damian Jones ever being as good as Cousins is. Boogie is too talented to be wasting his time with an organization (Sacramento Kings) stuck in a constant rebuild.”
Boogie’s friendship with Splash Bros.
The writer also argued that Cousins and the Warriors are a great match due to the center’s friendship with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. “Just last year, during one of their practices, he tried to make himself the third Splash Brother. He also has had some fun at Green’s expense, mocking his recent slip up on Snapchat,” added the writer.
There are several reports that the Sacramento Kings are open to trade offers for Cousins. Earlier this year, the Sacramento Bee reported that Kings GM Vlade Divac isn’t ruling out trading Cousins this summer.
“The sense within the organization is Divac is tempted by the prospect of pairing his center with his personally selected coach but that he has become increasingly frustrated by his center’s ongoing issues and, for the first time, is willing to test the market for the two-time All-Star,” Voisin wrote.
Both DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green are temperamental and prone to getting into trouble. ESPN Trade Machine approves the trade. Why not give them both a change of scenery? Due to their prized offseason acquisition, the Warriors can actually form a lethal frontcourt of Cousins and Durant.