Draymond Green reportedly wants a max contract from the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are in a little bit of a cash quandary this summer time. They have 4 gamers who will all want new contracts quickly – Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole – and must pay a ridiculous luxurious tax in the event that they stored most of them.

Green, the boisterous huge man who simply claimed his fourth NBA Finals championship trophy with the Warriors since their dynasty started in 2014 is eligible for a new contract as quickly as August 3, and sources instructed The Athletic’s Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II that Green believes he deserves a most contract that will lock him in for $164.2 million over the subsequent 5 seasons.

That is, with out query, a lot of cash for Green – a participant who hasn’t averaged greater than eight factors per recreation since 2017 and at occasions appeared like a shell of himself throughout this previous season. Slater and Thompson II added that “the Warriors don’t have any plans to supply Green a most extension, and there’s no present traction on any sort of extension.”

The Warriors’ hesitation with extending Green this offseason seems much less to be about the group’s notion of Green’s worth and extra about the timetable Golden State sometimes takes with extensions – Slater and Thompson II famous the Warriors often wait till a participant has one yr left on his present contract earlier than signing him to a most extension.

While Green technically has two years remaining on the four-year extension he signed earlier than the 2019 seasonhe can opt-out of that contract earlier than the closing yr of that deal previous to this upcoming season.

That impending chance may pressure the Warriors’ hand a method or the different.

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If the Warriors aren’t keen to supply the max to Green, there’s a likelihood he may discover different choices to get the contract he believes he deserves. It needs to be famous that Green additionally has a 15 p.c commerce kicker in his present deal if the Warriors transfer him, too. Golden State additionally runs the threat of angering Steph Curry in the event that they determine to not hold Green, per Slater and Thompson II:

While his need is to stay with the Warriors, Green is claimed to be keen to discover his outdoors choices to get the form of contract he wants. That’s a threat Warriors’ administration seems keen to take. Green enjoying this season with a chip on his shoulder, motivated by proving to the league that he deserves a most contact, may have a constructive on-court impression.

Perhaps a greater concern is how the NBA Finals MVP would really feel about Green not getting an extension. Multiple sources stated Curry wouldn’t be glad if the Warriors misplaced Green as a result of the group didn’t wish to pay him. Curry is below contract for 4 extra years and has a need for Green and Thompson to be with him for the size of his keep. A 3-year extension would align Green’s contract with Curry’s.

Curry sees the Big Three as a bundle deal.

Steph Curry wants to maintain the Warriors’ dynasty collectively. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

It’s all about the cash

Whether or not the Warriors prolong Green appears to be all about cash. If the Warriors discovered a approach to pay Green, Thompson, Wiggins and Poole, the group may spend upwards of $200 million in luxurious taxes by 2024 and $400-500 million in whole. Those numbers seem untenable for Warriors proprietor Joe Lacob.

“I’m going to let you know your numbers are form of tousled,” Lacob instructed The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami when introduced with that chance earlier in July. “…these numbers aren’t even remotely attainable.

“You know, we form of blew a gap in the system, and it isn’t a good look from the league’s perspective,” Lacob added. “They do not wish to see it occur. And there are limits. I’m not going to say what they’re, however there are limits to what you are able to do.”

The NBA fined Lacob $500,000 for calling the luxurious tax “very unfair” final week after the Warriors paid greater than $170 million in luxurious tax (an NBA document) and $346 million in whole payroll final season.

So it seems like even when the Warriors wished to maintain all their extension-eligible gamers, they would not wish to do it given the nature of the NBA wage cap construction. It’s merely a matter of {dollars} and cents. And if an ageing veteran like Green wants max-level cash, he could be the odd-man out of the Warriors’ unique Big Three of Green, Curry and Thompson.

Draymond Green wants to be a max contract player.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Draymond Green wants to be a max contract participant. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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