Damian Lillard has campaigned for Portland to trade for Draymond Green, per report

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Draymond Green is an invaluable member of the Golden State Warriors with the team having a 2-1 record since the veteran defensive specialist returned to action.

Damian Lillard has reportedly campaigned for a potential Draymond Green trade, if the former Defensive Player of the Year hit the trade market in case the Warriors need to offload salary to avoid the luxury tax.

(via NBC Sports):

“If we were handicapping Draymond trade destinations if the Warriors decided to blow it up…that’s the one. Damian and his group have for the last couple years been campaigning for that,” The Athletic’s Sam Amick said on The Athletic NBA Show podcast.

Green is in the first year of a four-year, $99.6 million extension with the Warriors. After acquiring Kelly Oubre prior to the season, the Warriors’ luxury tax bill is expected to be around $147 million.

Golden State was expected to vault back toward championship contention this season with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both returning from injuries.

However, Thompson suffered a torn Achilles in November that will cause him to miss the entire campaign. The Warriors are on a 4-3 record in the first seven games of the season.