Any time a team struggles, there will be trade speculation, and the Golden State Warriors are not an exception to the rule. Through 16 games, they are 7-9, including 0-8 on the road this season. In turn, there have been some trade rumblings.
Draymond Green is a name commonly brought up due to his recent issues with the team (and Jordan Poole), and according to sources who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports, there’s one team, a division rival, that makes the most sense for him in a trade.
“The [LA] Clippers, they have the contracts and the pieces to make that work,” a Western Conference executive told Deveney. “They might be the most realistic team just because they’re all in on this season, and trading for Draymond is like a championship-or-bust kind of thing. The Warriors could get back something like Norman Powell and Marcus Morris for Draymond and another player to fill out the salaries. Could help both teams, really.”
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LA has dealt with some injury issues to start the season, and they currently sit at 9-7, which is good for ninth in the West. Adding Green to the mix could help improve their defense and give their squad a better championship edge.
So far this season, Green has appeared in 15 of the Warriors’ 16 games, playing 30.1 minutes per contest. He’s averaging 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.7 assists on 56.7% shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from three-point range.
Warriors Unlikely to Trade Green
While dealing Green could become an option if the Warriors get desperate, or if it becomes clear that he won’t re-sign with the team, the executive told Deveney that it doesn’t seem like they’ll be trading him this year.
“Plans, no. I would not say they’re planning on trading Draymond or shopping him, but I think they have prepared for it if they feel that is what they need to do,” the exec told Deveney. “If they need to do something like that to make a bigger deal happen. Or if they don’t get things turned around completely. But there are only a handful of teams that could really absorb Draymond, that would bring him into their culture and not be afraid of it.”
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