Why Draymond Green won't be with Detroit Pistons next year
Detroit Pistons fans saw a year of yearning for Draymond Green come to an unfortunate end this June.
After a rough start to the NBA Finals, Green rediscovered his swagger and notched a triple-double in the final game of a 4-2 series victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the cherry on top of the Warriors' sundae, and the last piece of many in the case against Draymond defecting to the Pistons.
As Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press explains, this one-time possibility is simply not on the table anymore. Green, a Michigan native who spends much of his summers back home, will be a restricted free agent in July. That means the Warriors can match any offer sheet he sees, and his performance this season ensures that there's no limit to how much they'll pay him to stay.
Ellis reports that the Detroit front office, while high on Green, has given up on the chance to lure Draymond, as it is too unrealistic to be worth their energy.
The Pistons already got their consolation prize in the person of Ersan Ilyasova, who could be seen as a wildly undervalued asset now that he gets to play in Stan Van Gundy's schemes. It's time to out this old Draymond dream to rest, and embrace new scenarios.
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