Quick Bit: Draymond Green says he went from regular text exchanges with his friend to a full-court press.

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DeMar DeRozan might have had a championship this season if Draymond Green had gotten his way.

DeRozan was without a home during the summer of 2021, and Green tried to bring the five-time All-Star to the Warriors. Green and DeRozan are good friends, and Green says he went from checking in with DeRozan daily to trying to recruit him to the Dubs.

“The conversation turned to ‘Come to the Warriors’ and you were like, ‘F–, no. I’m not coming there. I’m not coming to play with y’all,'” Green said in an interview with DeRozan on Green’s podcast, “The Draymond Green Show.”

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Green then said he told DeRozan that “if you come to the Warriors, we can win a championship.”

Of course, he had to add one more blow: “He didn’t come and we still won a championship. I had to throw that one out there.”

DeRozan signed a three-year, $82 million contract with the Bulls instead. He was coming off three seasons with the Spurs, where his points-per-game output never dropped below 21.2. Still, there was talk that DeRozan was past his prime.

DeRozan admitted that the uncertainty of free agency and the narratives surrounding his game took a toll on him.

“I started to question myself, like, ‘Where am I going now? What player am I going to be?’,” he told Green. “Big names usually sign on the first day or two [of free agency]. I went into free agency with such a question mark. Was I going to go somewhere on a one-year deal, was I going to take the minimum?”

DeRozan said he went to a “dark place” and became “depressed,” especially after a move to the Lakers fell through at the last minute.

Despite his signing being called the worst free-agent move of 2021, DeRozan had one of his best individual seasons in his first year with the Bulls, averaging a career-high 27.9 points while also turning himself into one of the most clutch players in the league. He helped lead the Bulls to their first playoff appearance since 2017.

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