JJ Redick argues Warriors losing Draymond Green will DROWN HOPES of winning NBA championship

Former NBA player JJ Redick explains why Draymond Green is essential to the Warriors’ success and why trading him would be a huge mistake.


JJ Redick argues Warriors losing Draymond Green will DROWN HOPES of winning NBA championship

Draymond Green, left, and JJ Redick, right. (Images via Getty)

The Golden State Warriors have a lot of decisions to make this summer, but none more important than what to do with Draymond Green and Jordan Poole. The two players have been at the center of trade rumors for different reasons, but former NBA sharpshooter JJ Redick thinks that trading Green would be a huge mistake for the Warriors.

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Redick, who retired from the NBA, joined ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday and gave his take on the Warriors’ situation. He said that Green is “so important to everything the Warriors do” and that he is “the anchor of that defense”.

Redick added that without Green, the Warriors would not be able to contend for an NBA championship, even with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on their side.

If you lose him, you’re not winning an NBA championship. I don’t care who else you have. You’re not winning an NBA championship without Draymond Green,” Redick said.

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Green has been a vital part of the Warriors’ dynasty, winning three rings and making six All-Star teams with them. However, he has also been a source of drama and tension, especially after he punched Poole at practice in October last year.

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How losing Draymond Green or Jordan Poole would affect the Warriors

Draymond Green, left, and Jordan Poole, right. (Via Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
Draymond Green, left, and Jordan Poole, right. (Via Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

The punching incident reportedly caused a rift in the locker room and affected the team’s chemistry and performance. The Warriors finished the regular season with a 48-34 record and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference semifinals.

Poole, on the other hand, had a breakout season with the Warriors, averaging 20.4 points per game and shooting 33.6 percent from three-point range. He emerged as a reliable scorer and playmaker off the bench and showed flashes of potential (at least in the regular season).

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However, Poole’s future with the Warriors is uncertain, as his salary will jump from $3.9 million to $27.4 million next season due to a clause in his contract. The Warriors are already facing a huge luxury tax bill and might have to trade away Poole or another big contract to keep Green on the team.

Green has a no-trade clause in his contract, which means he can reject any trade that involves him. However, some sources have suggested that he might be open to waiving it if he finds a suitable destination.

The Warriors have a tough decision to make this summer, as they have to balance their financial situation and their championship window. Losing either Green or Poole would have a significant impact on their roster and their chances of winning another title.

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