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Warriors’ Draymond Green ‘always wanted’ to play for Pistons

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Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.

It’s been well documented that the Golden State Warriors may have some big decisions to make in the upcoming offseason. So far, they’ve been willing to pay their players regardless of the financial implications, but next summer it could be next to impossible.

Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole will all be eligible for contract extensions. If the Warriors were to pay all four of them, their tax bill could start approaching $500 million. This is territory no team has approached before, and it just seems unrealistic.

In turn, they might be forced to consider signing and swap deals involving one or more of their top stars. And with Green eyeing a max contract next year, Golden State may choose to draw its line in the sand. And according to an Eastern Conference executive who spoke to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney, the Detroit Pistons could be a potential landing spot for Green.

Here’s the outline of a proposed deal, and keep in mind that Detroit would have enough money to pay Green directly, so Golden State probably wouldn’t have much clout.

Warriors receive: Kelly Olynyk, Alec Burks, 2027 2nd round pick

The pistons receive: Green

Again, it’s important to note that the Pistons wouldn’t technically have to trade with the Warriors. They’ll still have enough money to sign Green, so whatever the Warriors get in return should be considered a bonus.

But it’s less about the trade and more about the fact that Green could legitimately choose to leave Golden State for Detroit. While it’s strange to think of Green playing anywhere other than the Warriors, he’s always wanted to play for Detroit, sources say.


Green has always wanted to play in Detroit

According to the source who spoke with Deveney, Green always wanted to play for the Pistons at some point. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Green grew up with the Pistons. Ben Wallace was his idol and, as is the case with any basketball player, getting the chance to play for his hometown team would probably be a dream come true.

“Draymond always wanted to go, he always wanted to play for the Pistons. And they’ll have the cap space. It’s hard to see Draymond playing anywhere other than Golden State, but if it were to happen anywhere, Detroit would be a good bet,” the executive told Deveney.

Next summer, the Pistons could be in a position where they’re ready to start competing for the playoffs. With Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Saddiq Bey leading the way, they have a great young core. Having Green mentor these guys would be amazing.

Also, the feeling is very mutual.


The pistons want to land green

Not only does Green want to play for the Pistons, but the Pistons also want to sign Green, according to the executive. Pistons owner Tom Gore has long expressed his desire to bring Green to Detroit.

“Detroit always wanted Draymond on this team, (owner Tom) Gores always wished they had him in that (2012) second-round draft (Green was gone when the Pistons picked, and they took Khris Middleton),” the executive explained to Deveney. Gores is a guy from Michigan State, and they wanted to give Draymond an offer sheet when he was a free agent (in 2015), but at that point the Warriors were going to match any offer. So they just didn’t get the chance. If they can show some improvement this year with their young guys, they could get in on the action.

So if the Warriors blink to hand Green a max offer next summer, the Pistons could be there waiting to take him.

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