Atlanta Hawks: 4 Positives and Negatives of Potential Draymond Green Trade

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Positive: Recruiting

Perhaps a more nebulous facet of Green’s career, but it seems that Draymond is one of the best recruiters of big-name stars to his team in recent NBA history.

Over the course of the past three offseasons, Green has recruited two of the biggest free agent names to the Warriors: Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason and DeMarcus Cousins in the 2018 offseason.

Sure, the Warriors have been a powerhouse for the past four seasons, but Draymond’s ability to lure away Durant, in particular, to the team that ousted his Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2015-16 season is tremendous work.

Maybe players are drawn to his outsized personality and outspoken on-court and off-court persona, or perhaps they appreciate his consistent attacks on referees – making them out to be the enemy explicitly (and especially coordinating a unified front against a ref earlier in the season).

No matter the reason, if Green truly embraced his role with the Atlanta Hawks, his presence would immediately lend a legitimacy to the team that they’ve lacked for, well, perhaps their entire tenure in Atlanta!

Now, maybe Green would suffer from having a lesser supporting cast around him, but the Atlanta Hawks’ roster construction is quite reminiscent of Golden State’s so the fit should be quite good.

Despite this, there are some negatives of a potential Draymond trade.