Draymond Green Could Be Traded by the Warriors Before Klay Thompson Plays Again

The Golden State Warriors have won three championships in the Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson-Draymond Green era, including back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018 when Kevin Durant was on the team. The trio of Curry, Thompson, and Green will go down as one of the best threesomes in NBA history.

After playing in five straight Finals from 2015 to 2019, though, the Warriors have come back down to earth. Last season, the Dubs had the worst record in the NBA before games were suspended in March due to COVID-19. Thompson missed the entire campaign rehabbing his ACL tear, while Curry only appeared in five games due to a broken left hand.

The hope within Golden State was that the Warriors would return to the promised land this season with Thompson returning to the lineup. However, the All-Star shooting guard tore his right Achilles tendon before the season started and will miss his second straight campaign.

The Warriors won’t be contending for a title this season since Thompson is out. With that being said, Green could be traded by the franchise soon.

Draymond Green signed a $99.7 million contract in 2019

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The Warriors signed Draymond Green to a lucrative four-year, $99.7 million extension in the summer of 2019. That’s the offseason Golden State saw Kevin Durant leave in free agency for the Brooklyn Nets and re-signed Klay Thompson to a five-year, $189.9 million maximum contract.

Green appeared in 43 games for the Warriors in 2019-20. He averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists while shooting 38.9% from the field, 27.9% from beyond the arc, and 75.9% from the free-throw line. The Warriors won only 15 games, but they got the second pick in the 2020 Draft due to their putrid record.

Moving forward, Green is set to earn $22.2 million this season, $24.0 million in 2021-22, and $25.8 million in 2022-23. The former Defensive Player of the Year has a player option worth $27.6 million for the 2023-24 season.

Green has yet to play this season due to a right foot injury. The Warriors have started the campaign at 1-2. Once Green comes back, Golden State will see how the team looks before deciding the roster’s future.

Warriors could trade Draymond Green if the team is still bad with him

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According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Warriors could trade Draymond Green if the team is still putrid once he returns from his right foot injury. Haynes also said he knows of a team that would have an interest in acquiring the do-it-all swingman.

“When Draymond comes back and 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 on his podcast. “We could see that. And I know a team that, oh my goodness, I know a team that would salivate if that was the case. I’m not going to mention it.”

The Warriors aren’t title contenders without Klay Thompson in the lineup next to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. With that being said, it would make sense for general manager Bob Myers to get some assets in return for Green if the team is below-average around the 2021 trade deadline.

What could the Warriors get for Dray?

Let’s say the Warriors are still below .500 near the trade deadline, and Bob Myers decides to make the bold move of trading Draymond Green. Golden State can probably get some draft picks in return for the three-time All-Star. The franchise would also decrease its payroll and luxury tax bill by getting off Green’s monster contract.

The Warriors are a better team with Draymond Green on the floor. However, after Klay Thompson went down, the team’s 2020-21 expectations changed, which means Green may not be part of the club’s long term future anymore.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.