West Rumors: Warriors, Draymond Green, Suns, Deandre Ayton, Blazers


  • The return of guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, as well as forward Draymond Green, is viewed as the “most likely scenario” for the Warriors next season, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
  • Doubts persist that president of basketball operations/GM Bob Myers will return, per Stein. But rather than take another job right away, Myers may take a year off to spend time with family, Stein added.
  • Green has a player option on his contract and is expected to opt-out and become a free agent in June. He has been linked to the Lakers, but has said publicly he hopes to remain with the Warriors, as we relayed here.
  • Green also strongly suggested Myers’ return is important to him. “He means the world to me,” Green told Mark Medina of Sportsnaut. “Working with him has been a complete honor. He’s great. He knows the business and I learn from him. To say that doesn’t matter, it’s a lie. Of course, it matters. But there’s a bunch of things to take into account.”
  • Sources continue to tell Hoops Wire that the Wizards intend to seriously pursue Myers should he decide not to return to the Warriors. Washington is currently searching for a new head of basketball operations. The search is being spearheaded by former Georgetown coach and current Wizards executive John Thompson III.


  • As we relayed earlier, the Suns are expected to pursue Clippers coach Tyronn Lue should he become available, via Shams Charania of The Athletic. Lue would be their No. 1 option to replace fired coach Monty Williams, Charania added.
  • Rival executives tell Hoops Wire they would be surprised if point guard Chris Paul and center Deandre Ayton are back with the Suns next season. The front office is expected to explore trades on both.
  • The Suns are likely to reach out to the Pacers about a potential trade centered on Ayton, sources said. Indiana signed Ayton to an offer sheet last summer, prompting the Suns to match and keep him.
  • Former Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer and ex-Raptors coach Nick Nurse are among the candidates to replace Williams in Phoenix, as we relayed here. Suns assistant Kevin Young is also expected to be interviewed for the job.

Trail Blazers

  • The Blazers may be among the teams interested in Ayton, per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. Portland was linked to Ayton last summer when he was a restricted free agent.
  • A sign-and-trade involving center Jusuf Nurkic and Ayton is a scenario that’s hitting the rumor mill, per Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports.
  • The Blazers are expected to be one of the more aggressive teams this summer. ” Portland is hunting for young talent, period,” a rival executive told Deveney.

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