Windhorst: Draymond Green 'Doing Work' Trying to Recruit Star to Warriors at Olympics

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 27, 2021

United States' Draymond Green drives up court during a men's basketball preliminary round game against France at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

After the 2016 NBA Finals, Draymond Green famously made a call to Kevin Durant that helped shift the landscape of the NBA. Five years later, Green is apparently hard on the recruiting trail again at the Tokyo Olympics.

“The rumor out of Team USA is that Draymond is doing work. That’s all I’m gonna say. … The team-building is that Draymond is doing work," ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on the Hoop Collective podcast.

A quick look at the Team USA roster narrows down the suspects pretty quickly. Green is likely spending a lot of his time in the ear of Damian Lillard about returning home to the Bay Area, and he presumably did the same with Bradley Beal before he left the team because of COVID-19 protocols.

Lillard and Beal are among the biggest names who could get traded this offseason, with Beal being the far likelier choice. Whereas Lillard is under contract through at least 2023-24 and seems to be putting pressure on the front office more than forcing a trade, Beal can become a free agent next summer.

There have been several rumors in recent weeks about the Warriors' desire to add Beal. Golden State can dangle its two lottery picks along with James Wiseman and Andrew Wiggins in any trade for a superstar.

It's also possible that Green could be recruiting Zach LaVine, who hasn't been mentioned in many trade rumors but might not be impossible to get if the Warriors dangled a strong trade package.