Houston Rockets: Golden State Warriors trade asset #5: Draymond Green
I know Rockets fans, this is blasphemy even to mention, but even at 31, Draymond Green is still one of the better defenders and best passing front-court players in the league. Green’s current contract runs through 2023-24 and is owed over $53 million the next two seasons.
Green, though, offers you another elite playmaker and defender. The Rockets are not competing for a championship this year, but there is no reason to think they won’t be in contention sooner rather than later.
Yes, you have an aging defensive-minded power forward you are trying to trade now, but the difference is Green is not a net negative on the offensive end when taking into account his passing skills. Also, Green has a higher net rating than Stephen Curry this year, which tells you how much of an impact he is still making.
Green is at number 5 for a good reason. He is coming to the end of his best years, and his contract would take up a big chunk of your salary, which makes him a bottom-tier choice.
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