After Draymond Green “Absolutely Hated” Losing 2 Close Teammates, Reported Exchange Trade Might Bring a Smile to His Face

Published 01/18/2023, 6:10 PM EST
Dec 21, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A good squad depth was essential for the Golden State Warriors when they won the 2022 NBA title. Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., and Jordan Poole became cult heroes during the Warriors’ post-season. Despite good performances, GP II and Porter Jr. were released by the Dubs which didn’t seem too favorable for Draymond Green. The four-time NBA champion recently revealed his thoughts about the Warriors’ letting two great bench players leave.

Interestingly, the Warriors are in search of players who can strengthen the roster currently. With the team linked to a Charlotte Hornets star, Green might be happy seeing his team make moves.

Warriors looking to recruit Hornets star to improve frontcourt

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The 2022-23 season hasn’t been kind to the defending champions. Crucial injuries to stars like Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson delayed the team’s progress. However, with injured stars returning, the team is finally taking some shape.

The trade deadline is right around the corner and fans can expect some moves from the team. Charlotte Hornets star Jalen McDaniels and Mason Plumlee have been linked to the Dubs. The Hornets haven’t offered a contract extension to McDaniels which makes him an unrestricted free agent this summer but the Warriors can move for him before the deadline.

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In case the two teams strike a deal, the Dubs will receive Jalen McDaniels,  Mason Plumlee, and a top-eight protected first-round pick in 2025. On the other hand, the Charlotte Hornets will receive James Wiseman and Moses Moody.

Draymond Green talked about his concerns about letting players go

Former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green rarely fails to speak out on topics and give his thought. Speaking with Stephen A. Smith on the Know Mercy podcast, he revealed his true feelings when Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. left. 

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Green said, “Absolutely hate it, and still hate that GP is not here and to see him go. No. 1, you build a relationship with guys and the relationship we’ve been able to build, you just hate to see that kind of separate.” GP II, who once credited Bob Marley for his happiness was an essential part of the title-winning Warriors team.

He further elaborated on GP’s lob threats and also the offensive threat he offered through his random cut-ins. After a successful stint with the Warriors, he joined the Portland Trail Blazers and made his much-anticipated debut recently after recovering from surgery.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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