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Draymond Green Next Team Odds: From Foe to Friend? Lakers Among Favorites

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Draymond Green is a polarizing force on the hardcourt. Let's not forget, he began this season by punching teammate Jordan Poole into the San Francisco Bay.

That incident was the latest chapter in a long list of issues Green has created. While he's worked hard to brand himself as an on-court villain, he's one that has been a key part of four NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors. 

Green may be disliked by many fans outside of the Bay Area, but many of those same fans would love to have him on their own team. That could be a reality as Green could forgo the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NBA contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to create his hypothetical NBA futures odds as to which team Green is playing for next fall. 

Draymond Green 2023-24 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Golden State Warriors+20033.3%
Los Angeles Lakers+30025.0%
Detroit Pistons+45018.2%
Houston Rockets+50016.7%
Milwaukee Bucks+80011.1%
The Field+55015.4%

These odds have been created by the Bookies.com team for entertainment purposes only and are not representative of odds that may be available on legal betting apps.

At age 32, teams may be wary that Green is beginning to slow down. His 8.5 points per game was the highest since 2017-18, but his assists and steals numbers were noticeably down. 

That said, the hard-nosed, defense-first Green also played in 73 games, the most since 2016-17, and the most minutes per game since 27-18. He can offer a dynamic that many teams may be lacking.

Green owns a $27.6 million option for next season, but there are many in NBA circles who believe he’ll void that deal to get one final longer-term contract. 

The Warriors reportedly are interested in keeping Green, even on a longer deal, and he was talking he plans on staying after the Warriors were eliminated by the Lakers in Game 6 of the semis. "We're not done yet; we'll be back next year," said Green after averaging 12.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the final three games against the Lakers.

But as it stands now, Golden State is projected to be nearly $50 million over the luxury tax threshold. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins all locked up at expensive costs, Green may be the sacrifice. 

If so, teams in need of toughness or veteran tenacity may come calling. 

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Potential Landing Spots For Draymond Green

The Los Angeles Lakers are always in win-now mode, especially with LeBron James and Anthony Davis each one year away from their own player options. The bromance between LeBron and Draymond has been well-publicized in the playoff series between the Lakers and Warriors. If Golden State balks, L.A. could come calling, though it’s barely better when it comes to finances. 

The Milwaukee Bucks ranked No. 4 in defense rating all season, then dead-last in the playoffs when it counted most. Milwaukee is at a crossroads with Brook Lopez a free agent and Khris Middleton mulling a player option. Green may embrace joining an Eastern Conference contender. 

The Detroit Pistons aren’t a contender, but it is home for the Saginaw native who played at Michigan State. Defense and toughness was a notable issue for the young Pistons, who have the capital to make a legitimate offer to bring Green home. 

The Pistons have wanted Green since Draft Day (he wasn’t available when they were selecting) and Green has reportedly had a fondness of playing for Detroit. This will be the first opportunity it could materialize. 

No team can afford to break the bank this off-season more than the Houston Rockets, who are being linked to just about every higher-priced free agent out there – and the No. 1 overall prospect in the NBA Draft, Victor Wembanyama. 

Houston could go from worst to contender in short order, and Green could be a big part of toughening up a young, promising team. 

The Field has a slew of teams that will likely kick the tires but may find it financially challenging. That includes the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets

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NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.
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