Welcome to the first installment of the “Trade Candidate Series”, a brief look at several potential trade candidates. la clippers If things break it could be a race in the next few weeks yuuuuuuuut right for them.
To be eligible for this series, players must meet a few key criteria:
- They should be expandable.
- An extension with his current team appears to be somewhat iffy.
- The player in question has to be fit in the Clippers championship window.
With that, let’s start it off with the first player in the series.
spoke late last week Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II athletic That Golden State Warriors There are currently “no plans” to max out Draymond Green’s path, which makes him the ideal interesting player to kickstart this series.
Or, better yet, as Slater and Thompson put it (emphasis mine):
However, all indications are that Warriors Green has no plans to maximize expansion, and there is no current traction on any expansion., The typical pattern of this Golden State Front Office is to expand with one year remaining. Even Stephen Curry waited a year before signing his max extension last off-season. Green has two years left on the maximum extension he signed in 2019. While he may have been out a year ago, The Warriors’ current priority is to talk in detail with Green next summer.,
The question becomes how Green responds. No one wants an unhappy green in the locker room. He is the biggest voice of the team. Their presence is felt unlike any other player – when they are fired, when they are angry, when they are disappointed, when they are sad. After his scintillating defense anchoring an impossible run for yet another championship he is being told no detail?
Well, according to both Slater and Thompson, it appears Greene is prepared to “handle” the situation in a way that, well, only Drummond Greene can. And that’s potentially requesting a trade (emphasis mine):
While his wish is to be with the warriors, Green is said to be ready to explore his external options to get the kind of contract he wants., It’s a risk the Warriors’ management appears willing to take,
Green presents Clippers with an attractive alternative. He is slated to make $25.8 million in 2022-23 and is a player option for the 2023-24 season worth $27.6 million. A maximum contract extension of four years, $138.7 million would effectively make him a free agent at age 37. It’s a huge commitment for a player, but is it one that the Clippers will feel comfortable with?
Eventually, he has declined as a player, even though it may not be noticeable at times on the defensive end. And, having received him, the Clippers will be riding on a 32-year-old who, still very good, is entering the twilight of his career and will be well rewarded for his past achievements.
It’s hard to say exactly what the Clippers would think of it, but the idea is tantalizing. Adding Green, along with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, has created the greatest defensive trio we’ve ever seen in basketball. It will come at a high cost, but it is probably one that the Clippers will find worth it.
Should the Warriors and Greene be far away in talks until the Greene’s expansion date opens, which is August 3, then the Clippers might think they can swoon, offer some players and take a swing. can be expected to increase the interest of the Golden State. a deal.
It should be noted that both these teams are projected to be the top luxury tax teams in the league for this upcoming season. The NBA recently fined Warriors owner Joe Lacob $500,000 For his comments about the league’s “very unfair” luxury tax system. If Lakob is beginning to feel the pain of sinking into the luxury tax time and again, there may be a chance – even if it is small – that he may be looking for a way to ease that burden.
What would it take to go about 400 miles south to Drummond Green? Any deal for Green includes both Marcus Morris Sr. and Luke Kennard going bay. possibly even Terrence Mann, who Signed a minor extension last season And now there’s tradable, or Brandon Boston Jr., too. Maybe a pic? Depends on what the Warriors want and what the Clippers think the Clippers must give up to increase their championship odds this coming season.
But there are two major hurdles in this scenario. Well, actually three.
- Why would Warriors send Green to a division (and championship) opponent?
- Why would Warriors want to bother Stephen Curry apple carts?
- Will the shearlings feel comfortable strapping themselves to the green by the age of 37?
While Green fulfills the stipulation of being fit in the Clippers championship window, the price that the team will pay – not only in players and selections, but also in the actual money they have to pay to get him onboard – may be a bridge too. far.
And, as far as the Warriors are concerned, it’s hard to see them cheering the Greens up — should they keep the Clippers on their list of favorite trading destinations — and sending them to a rival that they’ll get four a year in the regular season. Will have to see. And potentially even more in the postseason. Then there’s the whole Stephen Curry factor.
The Warriors are one title away. It doesn’t seem plausible that they would nuke the current vibes by tackling Green and rocking the boat with Curry and Klay Thompson in the process. The trio starts living there.
All those factors work together to create a marriage to Drummond Green and the Clippers that only appears in long-forgotten daydreams.
And don’t forget the fun fact between clippers and warriors:
The two teams have not traded with each other since February 22, 1990. That was the day the Clippers traded two second round picks to the Warriors in exchange for Winston Garland. The most notable part about that trade was that one of the second rounds turned in Kevin Pritchard, the current president of basketball operations. Indiana Pacers,
So, yeah, it’s been a while. Don’t even expect that to change.