Will the Chicago Bulls give Draymond Green the kind of critical respect he seeks in his next decade? They have been reluctant to delve into the luxury tax with this current group. But the property was registered saying they would pay a real competitor.
Is Green the right kind of player who will help them get over the hump and compete with the higher level teams of the Eastern Conference?
There are pros and cons for any player, and the Golden State Warriors striker is no exception.
But he does possess a set of skills that can be more suitable for bulls than most other options. Green’s intangibles are also on a different level than most players who flaunt his impressive resume which is not much.
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Green was a legitimate candidate for Defensive Player of the Year before back and hip injuries crowned him with 46 games. He still earned his fourth All-Star Nod, averaging 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game. The green also averaged 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks.
He scored 52.6% of his career height on the ground and his best mark since 2018 from Beyond the Arc and 29.6%.
Three-point shooting is not strength.
But Green brings so many other things that he just needs enough hitting to keep the defense honest. And even when they aren’t, he can make them pay with his IQ and game-making ability. This is above the solid nose defense that allows him to guard both the front points and the center of the small ball.
Chicago could offer a package that looks like this to start with.
Get the bulls:
Get the warriors
This deal wouldn’t be the last step for Warriors who likely have little interest in Vucevic’s age or in giving up Green. They can transfer Vucevic in a separate deal or forward him to another team in a three-team swap.
The Bulls can also flip other assets like Coby White to get more trial capital to send to the Warriors along with this lottery-protected selection from the Portland Trail Blazers.
It gets even more complicated when trying to manufacture a value proportional to Green.
Bulls don’t have a lot of assets to show. But, perhaps, they could play on the relationship between Green and DeMar DeRozan to entice the former to specifically order trade to Chicago.
While still unlikely, green trade is on the table now more than before.
In search of green pastures
It looks like Green and the Warriors are headed for a crossroads. The 10-year veteran and four-time champion is heading into the guaranteed final season of his $99.7 million four-year deal signed ahead of the 2019-20 season.
He has a $27.6 million player option for the 2023-24 campaign. But Green is seeking a maximum contract, say Athletic’s Anthony Slater and second Marcus Thompson.
“According to sources, Green wants and believes he deserves the maximum contract extension from the Warriors…However, all indications are that the Warriors have no plans to offer Green the maximum extension, and there is no current pull on any kind of extension.”
Slater and Thompson say Warriors generally wait until the final year to extend players. But what if Green, a Klutch Sportz customer, doesn’t want to wait? Injuries interrupted the 32-year-old’s regular season. Slater and Thompson said he’s willing to explore his options.
Golden State is also facing an expensive tax bill that Governor Joe Lacope said was “not even remotely feasible”.
This can summon Greene’s trick and charge the Golden State’s heart and soul.
The bulls will eventually have to pay Green as well. But it’s exactly the kind of player they need, writes Ernesto Cova of Bolavip, who suggested Chicago as a potential business destination for Green who is a Michigan native.
“When the Chicago Bulls were healthy, they were the best team in the Eastern Conference last season. And while DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine deserve a lot of credit for that, their defense is what made them stand out in the first half of the season… he will regain The Bulls are Alex Caruso, but the Lonzo Ball is prone to injury, so trade for it would make sense to have another defensive anchor. They need someone who can defend both front positions, and the green can be the little ball center.”
Scott Rafferty of Sporting News explained why it’s worth paying for it.
“From Green’s defense through Golden State to the 2022 title tells you everything you need to know about what makes him special. Going from guard Nikola Jokic in the first round to Garren Jackson Jr in the second round to Jalen Bronson in the conference finals to Jalen Brown and Robert Williams third in the finals. …If that wasn’t enough, the players shot 16.6 percentage points worse than expected in the 2022 NBA playoffs when Greene was protecting the edge.”
The Bulls need a player like Draymond Green
Greene is the vocal leader of warriors in and out of Earth. He could be heard barking a plea for defense and wasn’t above making calls to stars like Kevin Durant and even talking to DeRozan in a recruiting effort.
New Warriors striker JaMychal Green said while Green didn’t recruit him, he did help get him into the Golden State.
Vucevich helped bring DeRozan to Chicago last summer and Goran Dragic in the off-season.
But he’s not the leader on Earth like Greene, and it can be argued if the Bulls had this guy at all. It may not be a prerequisite. Four championships in eight years seem to indicate otherwise. But it certainly won’t help this team add to Green’s high IQ and toughness.