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Draymond Green Addresses Lakers Trade Rumors, Playing Rest of Career with Warriors

Adam WellsDecember 2, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 25: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles the ball up court against the Utah Jazz during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Chase Center on November 25, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Draymond Green can become a free agent after this season, but he doesn't sound eager to leave the Golden State Warriors.

In an interview with Marc J. Spears of Andscape, Green said being able to spend his entire career with one organization would "absolutely" appeal to him:

"It’s incredible when you look at the amount of guys who’ve played for only one team. You can look around the NBA right now. There are five guys that’s been on a team for 11 years-plus. We have three of them [along with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson]. It’s a very rare thing. There’s 470, 480 players in the NBA? There are five guys that’s been with his team for 11 years plus. That’s amazing. So, you don’t just give that away."

Green also addressed a previous rumor that he had interest in being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I never said that," he explained. "People can say what they want. I’m also not really one to react much to what one may say. I react to things when I want to react to it. I don’t react to things just because somebody said it."

The Lakers rumor was started by Stephen A. Smith during an episode of First Take in the wake of the altercation involving Green and Jordan Poole at a Warriors' practice in October.

"Draymond Green is expecting this to be his last year in Golden State," Smith said on Oct. 10. "Now, he wanna be a Laker. He ain't gonna tell anybody that, but don't think I don't know. He'd prefer to be a Laker if he gotta leave Golden State."

Green has a $27.6 million player option for 2023-24, but told Spears he's "not at all" concerned about his contract because he trusts his agent, Rich Paul.

There has been a lot of speculation about Green's future in Golden State, even before the incident with Poole took place.

The Warriors' cap situation has already forced the front office to make some notable roster decisions. They opted not to re-sign Gary Payton II, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica after winning the NBA title last season.

Poole and Andrew Wiggins both signed extensions that could keep them with the team through the 2026-27 season.

Golden State is also trying to simultaneously compete for a title and develop young players for its future.

The latter plan hasn't worked out thus far, with James Wiseman being sent to the G League to work on his game. Jonathan Kuminga is still trying to translate his athletic potential into game performance. Moses Moody is averaging 4.9 points per game and shooting under 40 percent from the field.

Even Poole has been unable to pick up where he left off last season. The 23-year-old is shooting 41.5 percent overall (30.5 percent from three) and has a 116 defensive rating through 22 games, per Basketball-Reference.com.

The main starting five of Green, Wiggins, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney has a plus-22.9 net rating in 18 games together.

Despite the success of that group, the Warriors enter Friday with an 11-11 record and the 15th-best net rating overall (plus-0.3).

Green is shooting a career-high 60.2 percent from the field, while also leading the team with 7.1 assists per game in 20 starts.