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Report: Warriors’ Draymond Green Has ‘Always Wished to Play’ for Pistons

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The thought of Draymond Green playing for a team apart from the Golden State Warriors might not be that outlandish.

Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney reported Wednesday that Green has “always wished to play” for the Detroit Pistons.

“Draymond has always wished to go there, he’s got always wished to play for the Pistons,” an executive thought to Deveney. “And theyll have the cap space. Its hard to see Draymond playing somewhere else outside Golden State but if it likely to happen anywhere, Detroit will be a good bet.”

Green is really a native of Saginaw, Michigan, and spent four years at Michigan State.

This is not the 1st time the four-time All-Star has been associated with a move back again to his home state. Adrian Wojnarowski reported for Yahoo Sports in February 2015 that Green, who was simply due to be considered a restricted free agent, “includes a significant interest with pursuing an offer sheet along with his hometown Detroit Pistons.”

A whole lot has changed since that time to help make the partnership more plausible these times.

Green is currently a four-time champion with the Warriors, and their latest title may be the sort of legacy-defining achievement which could leave him wanting a fresh challenge. Helping the Pistons go back to relevancy will be that.

The 32-year-old could be a free agent in 2023 as wellhe includes a $27.6 million player option for 2023-24and he might not need the appetite to have a pay cut to be able to facilitate a go back to Golden State.

The Athletic’s Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II reported on July 27 the team has “no plans to provide Green a maximum extension,” which may total $164.2 million over five years. Slater and Thompson added the 6’8″ forward “is reported to be ready to explore his outside options to have the sort of contract he wants.”

The Pistons have a bright future with Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Saddiq Bey. Green wouldn’t normally only put in a wealth of experience to a roster, but he could help generate excitement on the list of fanbase.

Detroit ranked 20th in average attendance (16,184) but had the second-lowest home attendance percentage (79.6) in the NBA in 2021-22, per ESPN.com.

If the Pistons were to aggressively pursue Green in free agency, parallels to the Blake Griffin trade in January 2018 will undoubtedly be inevitable.

The franchise wished to create a big splash to have the fans interested with Little Caesars Arena having recently opened. The positivity was fleeting as Detroit made the playoffs in 2019 but quickly returned to mediocrity. The Pistons eventually bought Griffin out of his contract in March 2021.

The Warriors’ stance on a contract for Green appears to indicate the general concerns about how exactly his game will evolve as he ages.

The long-term risk could far outweigh the short-term benefits, particularly if he lands on a team like Detroit that’s not typically a destination for marquee free agents. The Pistons can’t afford to swing and miss on a max deal.

But around Green may be intrigued by the thought of going to the Motor City, there’s still lots of time between now so when he is able to hit the open market.

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