Many believed that the Golden State Warriors’ trade of Jordan Poole for Chris Paul signaled the team’s acceptance that Poole and Draymond Green could no longer be teammates. While it was not the major reason for the trade, new GM Mike Dunleavy Jr. recently said it is a factor to consider.
Dunleavy told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, “I can’t say that’s not an argument.” You make an excellent point. I think the most important thing is that we were forced to make some financial decisions. I believe we were able to make a judgment that allowed us to free up some of that while remaining competitive and having a chance to win.
“At the same time, we needed to get Draymond back, what he brings to this team and what he has meant for the last 10 years,” Dunleavy said of keeping Green with everything else the team was balancing. That’s going to continue. That is significant. As a result, we prioritized it. And from there, we understood… another contract needed to be relocated.
Jordan was the one who ended up being that one. But we believe that bringing back a player of Chris Paul’s ability can help to offset that in certain respects or take up the slack. And we’re in a terrific situation.”