The Golden State Warriors could retain one of their core players this offseason. This player brings attributes such as defense and toughness to the Warriors. This offseason, the Warriors want to bring back Draymond Green.
According to reports, Green is preparing to meet with the Warriors to discuss an extension.
Green signed a five-year, $82 million deal with the Warriors in 2015. He is currently in the fourth year of the deal and has a base salary of $17,469,565. Green has another year remaining before he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the age of 30.
Earlier this season, Green signed with Klutch Sports Group—a sports management company founded by sports agent Rich Paul. Paul’s company manages players such as LeBron James, John Wall, Anthony Davis and Ben Simmons. Green joined a prominent company, and Paul will play a part in the extension negotiations.
Green has been with the Warriors—who drafted him with the 35th pick of the 2012 draft. The Warriors drafted the 6-foot-7 forward, who was considered undersized for his position. Since then, Green has become a crucial part of the Warriors.
Green is a three-time NBA champion, a three-time All-Star, a one-time Defensive Player of the Year and multiple time NBA All-Defensive team member. He has made both the first and second team throughout the years. Green is a versatile defender capable of guarding multiple positions. This, along with his passion/intensity helps motivate the Warriors to succeed.
Despite a number of injuries, Green remains effective. This season, Green had both a toe injury and a sore knee. He was also plagued with a shoulder injury in the previous season. The injury affected his shooting.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Green went on a strict diet after the All-Star break. While on the diet, Green lost over 20 pounds and glimpses of the quickness and versatility of his early career have returned. His shooting has not quite returned but his other attributes are back to normal.
The Warriors currently have a 2-0 lead over the Rockets. In Game 2, Green had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. This game showed glimpses of what Green brings to the Warriors. He nearly tallied a triple-double and shot 60 percent. Green played well and helped the Warriors gain their lead over the Rockets.
Green is an essential part of the Warriors. He was there when they building a championship team and he remains with them. Warriors owner Joe Lacob said that he wants Green to be a Warrior forever. The extension talks will begin soon and if possible, Green will remain with the Warriors. It is a good move for both parties.
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