NBA Rumors: Draymond Green Goes To Pistons In Potential Deal With Warriors

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Ernesto Cova

The Golden State Warriors can brag about something no other team in modern basketball can: They built an NBA champion through the draft, putting together their dynasty core with scouting and wise selections.

That's how they got Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, so keeping them together for the remainder of their careers should be one of their top priorities.

Will Draymond Force An Exit?

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Nonetheless, the NBA is a ruthless business, and emotions can't get in the way. That's why the end of the Warriors as we know them could be just around the corner, as Draymond Green wants to get paid.

Green has earned every single penny of an impending extension, but the Warriors are unwilling and unable to meet his demands, at least for the time being. With that in mind, he could force his way out of the team and pursue the next step of his career somewhere else.

Pistons Would Welcome Him

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The word around the league is that Green wants to play for his hometown Pistons one day. So, in this hypothetical scenario, the Warriors agree to a sign-and-trade to grant him his wish in return for Kelly Olynyk, Alec Burks, and Isaiah Stewart.

They'd get a veteran leader to anchor their defense and bring the most out of their young core and another playmaker to take the ball off Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey's hands. He would put them in instant playoff contention.

Warriors Need To Get Some Value

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The Warriors need to part ways with Green if they intend to keep Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins for the long run. There's no way around the luxury tax, so they'll have to pull the plug sooner or later.

With this trade, they'd get a solid backup big man and rim protector in Stewart, a big who can stretch the floor in Olynyk, and another scoring threat out of the perimeter in Burks. While none of them should be a big difference-maker, it's better than nothing.

The End Of An Era

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Losing Green would put an end to the Big 3 era in the Bay.

His playmaking and basketball IQ allowed the Splash Brothers to thrive, and he's been a pivotal factor in their success since taking over David Lee in the starting lineup.

But all good things come to an end, and Green has done more than enough to get his jersey retired and a statue outside of Chase Center, so it's time to wish him well and let him go.