During one of his episodes of “Draymond Green Show” with Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan, Green recounted how he attempted to guest-recruit Warriors during the free agency last summer.
DeRozan was apparently unconcerned, although Green did not hesitate to point out that everything worked out with Golden State:
“Last year, free agency, I’m talking to you every day like, ‘You’re good? How about this, how about that? Then the conversation turned to “Come to the Warriors” and I said, “F***, no. I will not come there. I’m not coming to play with all of you.”
“I’m like, ‘Bruh, you come to the Warriors, we can win the tournament if you come to the Warriors.'” “He didn’t come. We still won the championship, but he didn’t come. I had to throw that championship there.”
DeRozan maintains that Greene’s account of what happened is accurate. He did not explain exactly why he rejected the warriors.
You might imagine that the main reason would be financial. DeRozan ended up joining the Bulls on a three-year, $85 million signing and trading agreement, which probably wouldn’t have worked out with the notoriously taxing, luxury Warriors.
Green states that his exposure to DeRozan was more than the bare minimum for veterans, which veterans paid for names like Otto Porter, Nemenja Bjelica, and Andre Iguodala. Green specifically took issue with some commentators who said DeRozan would have needed to sign the bare minimum to find his next home, a concern DeRozan himself said came to mind:
“That summer, going to a free agency, it just didn’t go as planned. That raised a lot of suspicion and put me in a dark place because I started wondering, like, ‘Where am I going now?'” What player would I go to be?’ Many of these questions began to creep in. The big names always score on the first day or two. And after two days of working at a free agency, I was still a question mark. Was I going to go somewhere on a one-year deal, was I going to take the bare minimum?
“The narration put me in such a distant place. I remember all that time, there were three or four days I didn’t leave the room. I didn’t see the sunset, I didn’t see the sun rise. I was depressed, it put me in a depressed state of mind because I didn’t know what was going to happen.” Am I going to Los Angeles? That didn’t happen.”
DeRozan’s stay in the free agency was tough, especially after the Los Angeles Lakers ended up courting nowhere after the team went instead to Russell Westbrook. We all know how that worked out for the Lakers, while DeRozan did well for himself in Chicago.
After a few years of underestimation in San Antonio, DeRozan broke out last season with an average of 27.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, leading the Bulls to a record 46-36, their best in seven years.