Draymond Green shed a lot of light on the difference in treatment between players like Anthony Davis and NBA teams when it comes to trades.
The Andre Drummond trade situation is something that’s out for everyone to know now. Both Drummond and his former teammate Blake Griffin have been publicly trade-listed by their franchises. Drummond was sitting on the sidelines as the Warriors beat the Cavs last night.
Draymond Green cites the example of Anthony Davis to explain the dichotomy
After talking about how the James Harden saga turned out, Draymond went on to cite his own example and that of the AD trade:
“At some point, we as players need to be treated with the same respect and have the same rights as teams can have. Because as a player, you’re the worst person in the world when you want a different situation.”
“But a team can say they’re trading you, and that man is to stay in shape. He has to stay professional, and if not, his career is on the line. At some point, this league has to protect the players from embarrassment like that.”
“Anthony Davis, I think, got fined $100,000 for demanding a trade publicly. But you can say Andre Drummond is getting traded publicly, and we’re looking to trade him publicly. And he’s to stay professional? And just deal with it?”
“Everyone wants to say, ‘that young man can’t figure it out.’ But no one wants to say the organization can’t figure it out.”
Draymond Green sounds off on a double standard he sees in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/z6R4zq0Bcw
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 16, 2021
“Kyrie Irving said ‘oh my mental health is off’, everybody go crazy about that too. You do not think that affects someone mentally? As much as we put into this game to be great, to come out here and be in shape. To produce for fans every single night and most importantly, to help your team win.”
“Do you think that doesn’t affect someone mentally? But as players, we’re told ‘you can’t say this, you can’t say that’, but teams cans? Everyone wants to say ‘Oh that young guy can’t figure it out’, but no one wants to say ‘Hey that team can’t figure it out’!”