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 of the season, failing to eclipse 100 points in either game, the Warriors are now 8-8 and have looked decent at times. But other times, this team does not look like a legit playoff team and has struggled to beat some of the bottom teams in the NBA.
This year will be a very up-and-down type year for head coach Steve Kerr and his bunch, but things have seemed to get a little better with Draymond Green back in the rotation. Green had been dealing with a lingering foot injury during the offseason and made his debut Jan. 1 in San Francisco against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Since his return, the Warriors are 4-4 and have seen an uptick in offensive production because of everything Green does on that end of the court to facilitate, but overall, this team is still lacking overall talent with Klay being out.
Not only is Draymond 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 has drastically changed the Warriors on the defensive end of the court, which has led to some impressive wins over the Clippers and Lakers.
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 has been a much-needed boost. However, if Golden State continues to struggle, 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 Steph 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 three big trades involving Draymond Green leaving the Warriors.