The Golden State Warriors are in the middle of making their case for being the greatest team of All-Time.
While Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay are undoubtedly the most important pieces to this historic team, Draymond Green’s value to the Warriors is unquestionable. He brings an absolutely stellar defensive intensity and provides the Dubs with an extra boost on offense as well.
But what if I told you his time with the Warriors may be on a timer? While he’s shown no indication of wanting to leave Golden State, ESPN’s Chris Haynes recently reported that Dray will turn down his upcoming contract extension in an attempt to earn a super-max deal next summer.
“According to league sources, Green will turn the extension down when it’s offered. That’s because if he earns MVP, Defensive Player of the Year or All-NBA Team honors next season, he will be eligible for a super-max contract of five years, $226 million.”
Remember, Draymond took a discount to allow the Warriors to sign Kevin Durant in 2015. And as for whether Green will seek to make up that money in his next contract, he’s made it clear that he won’t approach his next deal from that mindset.
“I don’t focus on that because as much as I looked out for the team’s success, that still helps me in a sense of winning a championship and building a legacy that lives on forever,” he told Haynes. “I don’t look at it like it’s their turn to do me right. If I continue to play my game, if I continue to do better, they got to do me right, or somebody else will.”
Still, by these latest comments and the report that he’ll turn down his next contract extension, it’s obvious that he’s looking to get paid sooner or later. And between Steph’s big contract, KD’s supermax deal he’s likely to sign this summer, and Klay’s upcoming extension, paying Draymond the money he truly desires will only get harder going forward.
ESPN Sources: The unknown sacrifice by Draymond Green to snag KD, his summer extension verdict and behind the scenes tales of why Golden State can’t afford to lose its emotional leader. https://t.co/UyPgVb3ePf
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 12, 2018