The Golden State Warriors could lose Draymond Green if his terms aren’t met. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said they’d like to keep all of their players, but some situations might elude the organization.
Earlier in the offseason, Green said he deserved a max contract and teased he could go play with LeBron James if his demands aren’t met. The 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year has a player option for the 2023-24 season and would ideally like to sign a contract at the end of next season.
Green’s request drew mixed reactions. However, Steph Curry thinks it’s a forfeit and hopes to see the big man stay with the team.
Myers said the Warriors may not meet everyone’s demands due to the salary cap situation:
“Can we get them all? I don’t know. It depends on what the money will end up being, when the demand is, what we can do. We’re not at the point of making those decisions yet. In this moment, we want them all. The longer I’ve been in it, the more I realize that there are no absolutes.”
After highlighting several player scenarios and emphasizing that this is still a negotiation, he continued:
“We all love them. I’m not going to love them for you. It doesn’t do me any good. But we all love them.”
The Warriors have already lost a few key players this offseason: Gary Payton II and Juan Toscano-Anderson. They are also unsure if Andre Iguodala will return to the fold as the 18-year-old veteran is yet to make a decision.
Chris Broussard thinks the Warriors shouldn’t offer Draymond Green a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season
Green’s statement agitated the NBA community. Many think he was worth it a few years ago, but don’t think he is now at 32.
Chris Broussard has urged the Warriors to hold on until the All-Star forward has just one year left on his contract. He thinks an extension should only be offered if Green helps the Warriors win another championship.
“No way. You know, I was here day in and day out defending Draymond Green against (analyst) Nick Wright’s insane diminishment of Draymond Green, the future Hall of Famer. … I defended Draymond because I understand how important his intangibles and his leadership are to this team. He is a key part of this dynasty.
“Having said that, there’s no way they’re extending Draymond Green.”
After explaining that Green is not defined by his numbers, he continued:
“But he has two years left on his contract. He’s 32 and we know he’s just finished three seasons in which he’s only played more than 50 games once. None of that will tell you. leads you to think that you should extend it.
“If Draymond comes out and has a great, surprising rebound year, and they win another championship, then we can start talking and thinking about it. But right now, absolutely not.”
The Warriors are currently the favorites to win the 2023 title. They will start their season on October 18 with an opener against the LA Lakers.