Detroit Pistons fans have harbored a certain fantasy all season long: That Draymond Green, the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year with the Golden State Warriors, will return home to Michigan this summer.
Green's versatility as a stretch power forward would be invaluable in coach Stan Van Gundy's schemes, and he'd be a nearly perfect complement to center Andre Drummond in the front court. And, of course, Green is always representing his birth state, and spends much of his offseason there.
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A recent interview with his mother, Mary Babers-Green, however, suggests the match between Draymond and the Pistons isn't meant to be for now. "I want him to stay in the place that will be the most productive for his career, and I want what makes him happy," she told Joe Rexrode from the Lansing State Journal. "The Bay loves Dray, and Dray loves the Bay. I've got NBA TV."
Shucks. Maybe the Pistons will just have to develop their ideal missing piece internally.