A pissed-off Draymond Green is one of the vital insightful NBA minds we’re blessed to have.
Following the Golden State Warriors’ 129-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, Green eloquently commented on the Cavaliers’ choice to take a seat former All-Star middle and fascinating commerce chip Andre Drummond to protect his well being. While it seems to be the neatest enterprise transfer for the Cavaliers, it’s additionally grossly unfair to Drummond himself, Green stated.
To watch Andre Drummond earlier than the sport sit on the sideline then go to the again after which come out in road garments as a result of the crew is going to commerce him is bullshit … Because when James Harden requested for a commerce and basically dogged it … he was castrated for desirous to go to a special crew and all people destroyed that man. And but a crew might come out and say, ‘We want to trade that guy,’ and that man has to go sit, and if he doesn’t keep skilled, then he’s a most cancers, and he’s not good in somebody’s locker room, and he’s the difficulty.
We’ve seen conditions of Harrison Barnes getting pulled off the bench, or DeMarcus Cousins discovering out that he’s traded in an interview after the All-Star recreation, and we proceed to let this occur. But I received fined for stating my opinion about what I believed ought to occur with one other participant. But groups might come out and proceed to say, ‘We’re buying and selling guys, we’re not enjoying you.’ And but, we’re to remain skilled. At some level, as gamers, we must be handled with the identical respect and have the identical rights that the crew might have.
According to an ESPN report, Cavaliers’ head coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated Drummond wasn’t with the crew Wednesday, and he isn’t anticipated to play tonight towards the Denver Nuggets. Drummond is due $28.7 million this season and is on an expiring contract.
“Nobody’s opinion should be muted,” Bickerstaff stated Wednesday. “Obviously there’s conversations that we’ve had with our guys as far as this process goes that everybody’s not privy to. But again, guys have a right to speak their voice, and organizations have to do what’s best for the organization. I think that’s kind of how it works, and it shouldn’t be a two-way street, so to speak.”
The choice to take a seat Drummond and play latest acquisition Jarrett Allen is one worthy of criticism from the gamers’ aspect, but it’s a name that is inarguably best for the Cavaliers if shifting Drummond is a precedence for them. Currently, the crew is constructing round ‘Sexland,’ a.ok.a. Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, the younger backcourt with a median age of twenty-two.5.
Through 24 video games this season, Sexton is averaging 22.8 factors and 4.3 assists whereas taking pictures 48.4 p.c from the sphere, over 40 p.c from three, and 80 p.c on free throws. The third-year guard, who would’ve probably earned Most Improved Player consideration if the Cavs remained respectable, additionally has 1.5 win shares, second solely to Allen on the crew. When your squad is solely 10-19, 1.5 win shares is fairly rattling important.
In 21 video games, together with 18 begins, Garland is posting 15.9 factors and 5.3 assists whereas netting over 45 p.c from the sphere, 40 p.c from deep, and over 90 p.c on free throws. The second-year level guard has averaged over 17 factors and 5 assists per recreation over his final 11 appearances. And the aforementioned Allen, who has now performed 16 video games with Cleveland, has a team-high offensive score of 131 whereas posting 13.2 factors, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks since arriving from Brooklyn. He’s additionally shot over 62 p.c with the Cavs whereas solely recording 5 begins, although he’s now an on a regular basis opener with Drummond off to the aspect.
Those three spotlight the Cavs younger nucleus, which additionally contains rookie starter Issac Okoro and younger swingman Cedi Osman. Larry Nance Jr is 28-years-old, but he’s signed by way of 2023 at a team-friendly deal, making him a core piece not less than quickly. Drummond’s best place is elsewhere because the Cavs search to acquire compensation for what’s best organizationally, and so they’re entitled to take action.
It additionally doesn’t make Green incorrect, it solely validates his considerations even additional. Players are frequently villainized for wanting higher conditions for themselves, wanting to specific their emotions, share their observations, but others make a concerted effort to carry them again from doing so. Or, they use the opening to devalue and denigrate them.
Ideally for Drummond, in any case, he’ll be on a contending crew quickly sufficient.