With Klay Thompson being out for the 2020-21 NBA season with an Achilles injury, he not only misses his second consecutive season, as he sat out last year with a torn ACL, but the whole dynamic of this Warriors team changes. Golden State has a bunch of new and young faces on their roster this year and while Steph Curry and Draymond Green are still around, this team is not the same.
After losing their first two games, failing to eclipse 100 points in either game, the Warriors are now 4-3 and are on the right track to success thanks to Steph Curry. he other night, Steph Curry put on an absolute show and scored a career-high 62 points against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. With him as the head of this team, they are set up for success, but things could be bumpy for Golden State this season.
This year will be a very up-and-down type year for head coach Steve Kerr and his bunch, but things should seem to get better since Draymond Green recently returned to the court. Green has been dealing with a lingering foot injury and recently made his season debut on January 1st against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Not only is he the heart-and-soul of the Warriors, but he is definitely their best defensive player when on the court. With Andrew Wiggins being a solid wing defender and James Wiseman showing the abilities to be an avid shot-blocker early on, the addition of Green to this lineup should drastically change the Warriors on the defensive end of the court, which will translate to fast-break opportunities going the other way.
While he does not fill up the stat sheet on most nights, Draymond Green does all the little things to help the Warriors win, and getting him back will be a much-needed boost. However, if Golden State still continues to struggle with Green back out on the court, could the Warriors potentially trade their 3x NBA All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year forward?
It is unlikely that the Warriors would ever trade Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green, but if one of these guys was to go, it would definitely be Green. Golden State is not going to go out of their way and explore trade opportunities for Draymond, but if the phone rings and a team is interested in offering something for Green, then GM Bob Myers would definitely hear them out.
With that being said, let’s take a look at a possible trade between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors that would pair Draymond Green with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.