Trade Candidate Series: Can Clippers Run for Draymond Green?

Welcome to the first part of our “Trade Candidate Series”, a humble look at the many potential trade candidates Los Angeles Clippers It may take time in the next couple of weeks if things break down juuuuuuuuust right for them.

To be eligible for this series, players have to meet some basic criteria:

  1. They must be eligible for an extension.
  2. An extension with their current squad should sound somewhat questionable.
  3. The respective player must fit into the Clippers Championship window.

With that, let’s start with the first player in the series.

There was talk late last week of Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II from the athlete that Golden State Warriors At the moment I have “no plans” to extend the maximum Draymond Green way, making him the perfect player to start this series.

Or, better yet, as Slater and Thompson (focus is mine) put it:

All indications, though, are that Warriors has no plans to offer Green the maximum extension, and there is no current traction on any type of extension. The typical style of a Golden State front desk is to extend with one year left. Even Stephen Curry waited until one year left before signing his maximum extension in the latest season. Green has two years left until the maximum extension he signed in 2019. While he could have opted out a year ago, The Warriors’ current preference is to talk to Green next summer.

The question becomes how Green responds. Nobody wants an unhappy Green in the locker room. He is the biggest voice of the team. He doesn’t feel his presence like any other player – when he’s excited, when he’s angry, when he’s frustrated, when he’s regretful. How will he deal with being told not to extend after his stellar defense cemented an unlikely trip to another tournament?

Well, according to both Slater and Thompson, Green seems poised to “handle” this situation in a way that only Draymond Green can. This is via Trade Request (Focus Mine):

While wishing to stay with the warriors, Green is said to be willing to explore his outside options to get the type of contract he wants. This is a risk the Warriors administration seems willing to take.

Green clippers make a great choice. He is set to make $25.8 million in 2022-23 and has a player option for the 2023-24 season worth $27.6 million. A four-year contract extension with a maximum of $138.7 million will make him a free agent when he turns 37. That’s a pretty big commitment for the player, but is one the Clippers will feel comfortable with?

After all, he slipped as a player, even if that wasn’t noticeable on the defensive end at times. With his acquisition, the Clippers would take with him a 32-year-old who, although still very good, is entering the twilight of his career and will be rewarded with a fine for his past accomplishments.

Obviously, it’s hard to say what the Clippers will think, but the idea is baffling. Adding Green alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George would create one of the greatest defensive triples we’ve seen in basketball. It may come at a high cost, but Clippers will probably find it worth it.

If the Warriors and Green are far from each other in negotiations by the time Greene’s extension date opens, August 3, the Clippers probably think they can pounce, offer some players and picks, and hope to pique the interest of Golden State enough to swing the deal.

It should be noted that these two teams are expected to be the top luxury tax teams in the league for this upcoming season. The The NBA recently fined Warriors owner Joe Lacob $500,000 For his comments about the league’s “extremely unfair” luxury tax system. If Lacobe begins to feel the pain of frequent indulgences in the luxury tax, there may be a chance—albeit small—that he is looking for a way to ease that burden.

What would it take to make Draymond Green go about 400 miles south? Any deal for Green would likely involve Marcus Morris Sr. and Luke Kennard going to The Bay. Possibly even Terance Mann, who I signed a modest extension last season He is now eligible to trade, or Brandon Boston Jr. as well. Maybe choose? It depends on what the Warriors want and what the Clippers feel is worth giving up to boost their championship odds next season.

But there are still two major obstacles in this scenario. Well, three actually.

  1. Why would Warriors ship Green to a competitor in class (and championship)?
  2. Why would the Warriors want to bother Stephen Curry’s apple cart?
  3. Will the Clippers feel comfortable chaining themselves to Green until he’s 37?

While Green locks in the prerequisite to fit into the Clippers tournament window, the price the team will pay — not just in players and picks, but also in the actual money they’ll have to give him on board — may be a bridge too far.

And as far as the Warriors are concerned, it’s hard to see them appease Green — if he puts the Clippers on his list of favorite trade destinations — and send him to a competitor they have to see four times a year in the regular season. And maybe more in postseason. Then there’s the whole Stephen Curry factor.

New Warriors with the title. It doesn’t seem inconceivable that they would nuclear eliminate the feelings they currently have by dealing with Green and rocking the boat with Curry and Klay Thompson in the process. It looks like this trio is here to stay.

All these factors combined make Draymond Green and the Clippers a marriage that only appears in long-forgotten daydreams.

And let’s not forget the fun fact between Clippers and Warriors:

The two teams had not engaged in any trade with each other since February 22, 1990. This was the day the Clippers traded second-round picks with the Warriors for Winston Garland. The most notable part of the trade was that one of the second-round picks turned to Kevin Pritchard, the current head of basketball operations at Indiana Pacers.

So yeah, it’s been a long time. Don’t expect that to change either.

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