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1 rival star shot down Draymond Green’s efforts to recruit him to Warriors

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

One current NBA star is apparently the anti-Kevin Durant.

Chicago Bulls swingman DeMar DeRozan appeared this week on Draymond Green’s podcast for The Volume. In the episode, Green revealed he tried to recruit DeRozan to the Golden State Warriors last year, only to be spurned.

“Talking to you everyday like, ‘Yo, you good? Yo, what about this, what about that?'” said Green with DeRozan opposite him during the podcast. “Then the conversation turned to like, ‘Yo, come to the Warriors’, and you were like, ‘F—, no. I’m not coming there. I’m not coming to play with y’all.’

“‘We can win a championship if you come to the Warriors,'” Green further says he told DeRozan. “You didn’t come. But we still won a championship [even if] you didn’t come … Had to throw that one out there.”

The seven-time All-Star DeRozan also explains in the interview how he ended up with Chicago instead and how his free agency situation last summer affected his mental health. You can watch it in full here.

In the end, both sides got what they wanted. DeRozan got a hearty payday (three years and $82 million) plus a featured role in the spotlight, neither of which he would have gotten in Golden State. But the Warriors, with Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and a returning Klay Thompson on the wing instead, won the NBA title, which was their fourth in the last eight years.

Soon to be 33 years old, DeRozan is one of the most respected players in the league among his peers. His refusal to take the easy route despite still being without a championship ring will probably earn him even more respect.

Draymond Green headed for major standoff with Warriors?

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are fresh off their fourth NBA title in eight seasons, and all appears well for the franchise. That could change, however, depending on a major contract negotiation that could become a factor as soon as next week.

Warriors forward Draymond Green is eligible to sign a new four-year contract with the team starting on Aug. 3, and feels he deserves a maximum deal, according to Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. The franchise, however, does not have any plans to offer Green a max extension, and there is no traction on contract talks at this time. Green has a $27.5 million player option for 2023-24, and the Warriors would prefer to discuss a new deal with the forward next summer instead of this.

The Warriors’ situation is complicated by the fact that Green is reportedly willing to “explore his outside options” to get his desired contract, though he would prefer to stay with the team. In addition, Stephen Curry would reportedly be unhappy if the Warriors were to lose Green simply because the team would not pay him.

Green is famous for playing with a chip on his shoulder and he could certainly channel perceived disrespect from the Warriors into something positive on the court. The risk is that things get toxic off the floor, especially if Green’s teammates side with him.

Ultimately, Green’s demands may force the Warriors to part ways with a key member of their supporting cast. That may wind up being the cost of keeping the team’s Big Three together.

Draymond Green laughs at rival team over ‘championship’ claim

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is laughing at one of his Western Conference rivals, not with them.

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns spoke with the media this week after officially signing his new supermax contract with the team. Towns said that, with Minnesota’s addition of ex-Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, it is now “championship or bust” for the Wolves.

The Golden State Warriors star Green must have found something about that pretty darn funny. Green left an Instagram comment with several laughing-face emojis in reaction to Towns’ comments.

Green is probably correct that the Wolves, unlike the defending champion Warriors, are not quite title contenders yet. Minnesota failed to get past the first round last year, losing in six games to the Memphis Grizzlies (who lost in six themselves to the Warriors in the second round). While they now have an intriguing bedrock with Towns, Gobert, Anthony Edwards, and D’Angelo Russell, the Wolves had to give up three meaningful rotation guys from last year’s team (Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Malik Beasley) to even get Gobert. There also remain questions about Towns’ ability to step up in big moments, Gobert’s viability in certain playoff matchups, Edwards’ readiness at 20 years old, and Russell’s fit on the team altogether.

Some personal beefs probably contributed to Green’s reaction here as well. After all, Gobert is Green’s longtime individual foe.

Video: Draymond Green was not recognized by security at UCLA

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Draymond Green now coming off his fourth NBA championship win, some people out there still have no idea who he is.

The Golden State Warriors star Green had a mishap with a security guard over the weekend while trying to get to a scheduled workout on the UCLA campus. The security guard did not recognize Green as Green tried to get past a barrier outside the Student Activity Center gym (where NBA stars often work out during the offseason). That led to a brief hold-up before Green (with a Warriors towel on his head) and bystanders managed to convince the security guard to let him through.

Here is the video (which was originally posted by @lavidadejose on TikTok).

From Magic Johnson’s legendary scrimmages in the 1980s to Rico Hines’ famed offseason runs featuring the likes of Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and others, UCLA’s campus has always been teeming with NBA stars in the summer. Green himself, who stands 6-foot-6, is also one of the most recognizable players in the league today. Whether you know him as an ex-Defensive Player of the Year and multi-time All-Star or as an annoying podcast host instead, Green is always at the forefront of the NBA discourse.

That makes the security guard’s failure to recognize Green here even more head-scratching. At least Green is not the only NBA player this has been happening to recently.

Draymond Green sparks controversy with workout video

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is certainly no stranger to controversy, but he may now be bringing in an entire big rig’s worth.

Travis Walton, a current G League coach and Michigan State alum, posted a video to his Instagram page on Thursday of the Golden State Warriors star Green. In the video, Green was in the gym with free agent forward Miles Bridges. Both Green and Bridges were tagged in the video.

Green, like Bridges did after him, attended Michigan State for college. He has also been a mentor of sorts to Bridges over the years. But the timing here could hardly be worse as Bridges is persona non grata right now.

Bridges was just charged this week with multiple felonies for domestic violence stemming from an arrest last month. He was later released on $130,000 bail but reportedly faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

It is not known if the video of Green and Bridges in the gym together is old, but Walton just posted it to Instagram on Thursday afternoon. If the video is in fact up-to-date though, it is not the best look for Green to be hanging out with Bridges right now, some 48 hours after Bridges was formally charged.

Video: Draymond Green takes funny shot at Clippers

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green couldn’t resist taking a funny shot at one of his rival teams.

Green was part of the 2022 ESPYs this summer, which was hosted by his teammate, Steph Curry. Green had a couch setup and microphone for his “The Draymond Green Show” podcast.

He joked in his intros that they were live from Los Angeles, “home of seven professional teams. And the Clippers.”

Green’s delivery on that joke was perfect.

The Clippers have been among the Warriors’ rivals in the Western Conference over the last several years. Green’s infamous confrontation with Kevin Durant also happened to come against the Clippers in 2018. Now it was Green’s chance to get some revenge, and he did.

Draymond Green offers message for LeBron James’ critics

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to competing against LeBron James, Draymond Green also stans for LeBron James.

The Golden State Warriors star Green was in attendance as a spectator this weekend as James made his first appearance at the Drew League in over a decade. The four-time MVP James put on a show-stopping performance, becoming the talk of the town with his exploits at the pro-am event.

On Sunday, Green posted about James on Instagram and offered a message for the critics of the Los Angeles Lakers star.

“Watched the [King] at the Drew yesterday … It was legendary,” Green said. “Be Careful listening to those that build off BITING the culture but tries to crush those that build/built it. It’s fishy #TNM”

The “TNM” hashtag appears to stand for “The New Media.” That term has been used to describe sports content produced directly by players (such as Green, who has his own podcast).

Despite the bitter battles that the two have had on the court (including the infamous time that Green hit James south of the border in the 2016 Finals and got suspended), they are close friends off of it. Green recently even revealed that he is planning a grand gesture for James next season.

Green did not mention any names in his Instagram post. But we do know there are some specific media critics that Green does not care for.

Draymond Green speaks glowingly of 1 particular NBA rookie

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a month after winning the NBA title, Draymond Green is already doing some scouting.

The Golden State Warriors star Green said this week on an episode of his podcast for The Volume that he was impressed with the performance of Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero in Summer League this year.

“Paolo Banchero … is one of them ones,” said Green. “The reason I think Paolo is one of them guys is because of the things he did on the basketball court that were not scoring. Yes, he did all the things with the basketball. Yes, he made the plays. But the plays he made that did not involve him having the basketball is why I think Paolo will be one of the guys.

“Him getting on teammates coming in as a rookie, the winning plays that he was making down the stretch,” Green added. “When was the last time we’ve seen the Orlando Magic compete to win games like they were competing to win when Paolo was on the court? … [Paolo] is a winner … he cares. He was out there playing in Summer League games like he was playing the NBA Finals, with that type of intensity. That is a winner right before your eyes.”

Though the Magic shut down the former Duke star Banchero after just two Summer League games, he showed more than enough promise during that stretch. Banchero finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and six assists in a win over the Houston Rockets (thoroughly outplaying fellow rookie Jabari Smith Jr.) and then tacked on 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists (plus four steals and two blocks) in another win over the Sacramento Kings.

Banchero, 19, was an extremely surprising top overall draft pick by Orlando. But he is already acting like a seasoned veteran in more ways than one and seems to have won over the four-time champion Green in very short order.

Draymond Green’s mom has interesting comments about KD-Warriors rumors

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green’s mother is chiming in on the recent rumors linking Kevin Durant to a possible reunion with the Golden State Warriors.

In a tweet this week, Mary Babers-Green, without mentioning anybody by name, responded to the buzz surrounding a potential return by Durant to Golden State, particularly the fans and pundits who seem to be against it. Babers-Green indicated that she would be open to Durant coming back.

“This stuff is hilarious,” wrote Babers-Green. “Everyone saying who don’t want one of the greatest players to ever play the game! I wouldn’t care what a spectator/commentator say period! Basketball players play basketball! GO PLAY! Wherever you want!

A once-unthinkable second go-around with the Warriors now appears to be on the table following Durant’s trade request from the Brooklyn Nets. The former NBA MVP spent three seasons in Golden State from 2016 to 2019, making the Finals all three years and taking home two titles. But between Durant’s feud with Babers-Green’s son and the hit that Durant’s already-tenuous legacy would take by going back to the Dubs after they just won another NBA title without him, few can envision it actually materializing.

Another point to consider here is that the Warriors would have to give up significant assets from their championship core to get Durant back. As for how likely that is to happen, a recent report provided the answer to that.

Jaylen Brown responds to big claim from Draymond Green

Jaylen Brown in his Celtics uniform

May 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) brings the ball up court during the first half of game two of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green says there was a moment during the NBA Finals when he knew he had staked claim to some real estate in Jaylen Brown’s head. Not surprisingly, the Boston Celtics star thinks Green may have misinterpreted the situation.

Green and Brown got into it after Green fouled Brown on a three-point attempt during the Golden State Warriors’ 107–88 win over the Celtics in Game 2. Brown felt Green intentionally put his legs on Brown’s head while the two were on the ground. He also told reporters that Green tried to pull his pants down. You can see the brief confrontation below:

Green spoke about the dust-up with Brown during a collaboration with his podcast and JJ Redick and Tommy Alter’s “The Old Man and the Three” podcast. He said he was using Brown’s shorts to pull himself up, not trying to pull the shorts down. The former Defensive Player of the Year also said he thought it was a great sign when he heard Brown complaining to the media about it and that he “knew I took his heart” at that point.

Brown fired back with a tweet on Thursday. He said Green has “lost his dam mind.”

The results don’t exactly support what Green said. Sure, the Warriors won the series in six games by winning three straight. But Brown was Boston’s best player. After his incident with Green in Game 2, he bounced back with 27 points and 9 rebounds in a 116-110 win in Game 3. Brown also scored 34 points in Game 6, which ended up being a championship-clinching win for the Warriors.

As Brown said, it is easy to say whatever you want when you’re the champion. Green has earned the right to talk trash, though one former NBA player might tell you he has crossed the line while doing it.