Draymond Green has been a detriment to the Golden State Warriors brand lately. His persistent off-court shenanigans might lead to his eventual ouster from the team.
While it’s no secret that he plays a pivotal role in the Warriors offense, the arrival of Kevin Durant has significantly lessened his value. League sources say the Warriors are open to the possibility of trading Green for an equally-talented albeit less controversial power forward.
Blue Man Hoop reported that the Warriors have grown tired of Green’s slip ups on and off the court. They might trade him to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for three-time NBA all-star Anthony Davis.
A player-for-player swap would not be enough to poach Davis out of New Orleans. The two-time NBA blocks leader is set to make $127 million in the next five years. The Warriors would need to package Green with someone like Shaun Livingston to make the trade viable.
The potential deal is an intriguing one, but the Pelicans have shown no interest in parting ways with its franchise cornerstone. The team has been building its roster around Davis. It would be a reckless move to ship him now. Davis averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2 blocks last season, as per ESPN.
On any given night, Green can put up the same kind of numbers. However, the team that ends up acquiring him would have to live with the extra baggage he brings. Green has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
H once threw Houston Rockets forward Michael Beasley to the ground during Game 3 of the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. In the Western Conference Finals, he hit Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steve Adams in the groin. He was suspended in Game 6 of the NBA Finals for striking LeBron James in the nether regions in Game 5.
This offseason, Green was arrested for his involvement in a restaurant altercation in East Lansing, Michigan. He also garnered unwarranted attention when he accidentally posted a scandalous picture of himself on Snapchat, while training with Team USA.