This Starter Won't Be Back With the Warriors Next Season

The pursuit of Giannis Antetokounmpo will come at a cost for Golden State.
The pursuit of Giannis Antetokounmpo will come at a cost for Golden State. | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Looking at the roster for the Golden State Warriors, there aren't too many players who will be making their way out of the Bay Area after this season. The Dubs cleaned house last year in hopes of shedding money and building a young roster around their core. The big hope with that plan was that they'd acquire an equally massive star player this coming offseason.

Well, that offseason is coming and the target for Golden State is bound to be Giannis Antetokounmpo. If the Bucks fail to win a championship this season, which is even more questionable considering the league situation, Giannis may want out of Milwaukee, making Draymond Green the likely man out of Golden State.

Green's value to the Warriors cannot be debated. He contributes to every stat category there is and his absence is often looked at as the cause of the Warriors' lone Finals collapse. What all of these things do though is make Draymond an even more valuable piece in offseason conversations.

The Warriors have resources on the table, but most would not be enough for Giannis. Many may think Andrew Wiggins would be the first to go in a deal. However, the Warriors invested in him for a reason, and early signs indicate that he may be the explosive piece Golden State needs, as no team has even scratched the surface of his potential. That leaves Green as the only player the Warriors would be willing to let go of, along with other assets, with enough value to make things worth it for Milwaukee.

Then again, would the Bucks say no to Wiggins, Green and a top-three (maybe even the No. 1 overall pick) for Giannis? Who knows, but either way, it's clear Green has to go in some capacity if the Dubs want to make room for another star player.