The Golden State Warriors Can’t Count the Man Who Replaced Him on That Roster on One Hand

Why Draymond Green May Soon Be the Odd Man Out at Golden State

Draymond Green says he does not intend to retire from the NBA despite his recent comments that he would consider stepping away from the league and playing in Europe. Draymond Green says he does not intend to retire from the NBA despite his recent comments that he would consider stepping away from the league and playing in Europe. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Draymond Green says he does not intend to retire from the NBA despite his recent comments that he would consider stepping away from the league and playing in Europe 1 / 1 Back to Gallery

The Golden State Warriors can count the man who replaced him on that roster on one hand. For the first time in his NBA career, he says he won’t play beyond 2015.

And with his departure, the Warriors could lose a star who was essential in winning two NBA championships in the last three years.

Draymond Green, who was the second-fastest pick behind Stephen Curry in the 2012 draft, has become a favorite among observers of the NBA-related gossip. He’s been seen talking about his decision to retire with friends and teammates. He’s gone almost four hours without posting a picture or a video on Instagram.

The only other player who can match Green’s record is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who is considering retirement after this season. There have been some whispers in the media about a Durant-Green reunion next season, which would be the first in NBA history after playing with multiple All-Star teams and winning two championships in the same span.

The Warriors are no spring chicken. They lost Kevin Durant to free agency (he signed a max deal with the Thunder) and Green to a torn ACL at the end of the season. Coach Steve Kerr and Warriors general manager Bob Myers have said they are open-minded about the idea of another championship with the young talent they own.

The Golden State Warriors can count the man who replaced him on one hand. For the first time in his NBA career, he says he won’t play beyond 2015. And with his departure, the Warriors

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