The Miami Heat, coming off a championship, but with an aging core, needed a youth infusion in 2012.
And there, at No. 27, was a seemingly ideal option, a do-everything forward with a winning track record at Michigan State, someone who would have been the perfect protege for Shane Battier.
A guy named Draymond Green.
In fact, even some of us dimwits in the media suggested it that night.
Tim Hardaway, who was in the organization at the time, was among those who had made the case for it.
But the Heat was concerned about Green's body type, among other things, and instead took Arnett Moultrie with the intention of sending the Mississippi forward to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future first-round pick. Later, the Heat flipped that draft pick to dump the contract of Joel Anthony on the Boston Celtics, for cap, tax and flexibility reasons.
Green went 35th to Golden State, the fifth pick of the second round, five slots after the Warriors took Festus Ezeli, 28 slots after the Warriors took Harrison Barnes.
Now he's an All-Star.
"I did work out for the Heat," Green confirmed Wednesday.
Did he think that would have been a good fit?
"I thought it would have been but it didn't happen," Green said. "So I found a great fit."
"We're all looking to go from good to great, right?"