Draymond Green is “angry” about losing Paul George to the Warriors; the Clippers did not “play along”

Draymond Green is not happy that the Los Angeles Clippers did not agree to a sign-and-trade deal that would have sent Paul George to the Golden State Warriors.

Instead, George became a free agent and signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers with a maximum salary of $212, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

“I'm a little mad about it too, because as you all know, Paul George wanted to come to the Warriors, and we wanted Paul George to come to the Warriors,” Green said Wednesday at the Draymond Green Show (31:30 mark.)

“We always talk about these organizations, what they do and don't do for their players … and the Clippers didn't really want to play along, didn't really want to help him get where he wanted to go.”

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported Wednesday that sign-and-trade talks between the Warriors and Clippers stalled when Golden State refused to include Jonathan Kuminga in a trade package.

This resulted in George becoming a free agent as the Warriors did not have enough salary cap space to offer him the max contract he sought.

“So (the Clippers) get nothing in return, even though they could have gotten something back for Paul George leaving, but they get absolutely nothing in return,” Green said.

Green continued, “I kind of understand that, I guess. You don't want him in the same division as you because you might know what that looks like if he comes with us.”

The Warriors had envisioned adding George to form a “big three-man team” alongside Green and Curry.

“Would have been nice,” Green said. “Would have been really nice… I think what Paul George could have done if he had come to the Dubs would have been incredible.”

Instead, George will go to Philadelphia, where he will form a trio with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

The Sixers now hope that signing George will allow the team to advance past the second round for the first time in the Embiid era, while the Warriors look for another way to rebound from missing the 2024 playoffs entirely.