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Draymond Green expected to garner interest from Atlanta Hawks, per report

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First it was LaMarcus Aldridge, but now, the Hawks have been linked to Draymond Green.

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In the days prior to the NBA's free agency period, the rumor mill continues to swirl. First, the Atlanta Hawks were linked as a potential landing spot for Portland Trail Blazers free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and now, another high-profile forward has been referenced with regard to the franchise.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is open to meeting with various franchises in pursuit of his services, and the Hawks are among the squads who are "expected to be among the teams interested".

The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets are also expected to be among the teams interested in Green, a source said. The 2015 first all-NBA defensive team selection said he is open to face-to-face team visits with any serious free-agent opportunity, too.

It is very important to note that Green is a restricted free agent, meaning that the Warriors can match any offer that he could sign with another franchise. That barrier keeps the former Michigan State forward from being a realistic target for Atlanta (or any other NBA team), but it is always fun to speculate wildly about the Hawks and a high-impact player of Green's magnitude.

Unlike Aldridge, the Draymond Green rumors mean almost nothing, but in defense of this report, the Hawks would almost certainly be interested in adding him to the fold if permitted to do so. Alas, the CBA likely stands in the way.