The Golden State Warriors will have to make some important decisions over the next year. Despite the fact that they are coming off a championship run in which they won their fourth title in the last eight years, their current team may not be together for much longer.
Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins will all need contract extensions next offseason. And, while the Warriors have been willing to pay all of their players up to this point, signing four players to near-maximum contracts may be the tipping point for them.
As a result, they may be forced to investigate potential sign-and-trade scenarios next summer in order to reduce their tax bill slightly. This one proposed by Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report, which would send Green to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a younger star, could be considered.
The following is the full outline of the trade proposal:
Warriors gets: Collins
Green, 2026 First-Round Draft Pick
Collins, who is only 24 years old, would be able to mature alongside the Warriors’ younger players. Although Green playing for another organization seems unfathomable, Bailey believes this deal could work.
Collins is an ideal trade target for the Warriors.
While Collins isn’t the same player as Green and isn’t nearly as talented on defense, having him on the roster instead of Green would not only save the team money but would also better prepare them for the future.
“Does all of this imply that a trade could be on the table at some point?” As difficult as it is to imagine Green elsewhere, the possibility of a move exists.
“There’s another player who’s been in and out of trade rumors for the last couple of years who could fill his spot.”
“John Collins isn’t as good as Draymond right now (especially on defense), but he’s eight years younger and signed through 2025-26.” Furthermore, the final year of that contract (a player option) is set to pay Collins less than where Draymond’s salary would begin on the extension he seeks,” wrote Bailey.
Meanwhile, the Hawks would benefit greatly from this transaction as well.
Why Are the Hawks Making This Trade?
From Atlanta’s perspective, this trade would significantly improve their defense while also recouping a draft pick after giving up so many in the Dejounte Murray trade earlier this summer.
“For starters, they’d get a first-round pick for a player they appear to have been trying to move for quite some time.” Even if Green is on the decline, he would instantly add credibility to a defense that has struggled under Trae Young.
“Atlanta would suddenly have three high-end defenders in Dejounte Murray, Clint Capela, and Green (possibly four if De’Andre Hunter reaches his full potential).” And Young, Murray, and Green’s wealth of passing ability opens up intriguing possibilities on the other end,” Bailey explained.
Warriors fans will not like the idea of trading Green, but if they want to save money while also planning for the future, this is a great deal to consider. Collins may not be the player Green is right now, but having him, Poole, Wiggins, and others on the team in the future would create an elite young core.