Right now it appears as if the NBA is Golden-State’s playground. They’ve just won their 3rd NBA title in the last 4 years including 2 straight, and they’ve now added DeMarcus Cousins as well for just over $5 million.
However, it does look like there could be trouble in paradise.
According to Sports Illustrated even though the Warriors swept through the season and Playoffs all was not as stable as was made out.
“Draymond is exhausting” the article says. “Over the past two regular seasons, he’s alternated between ambling through games on extreme cruise control and cursing out Kevin Durant in front of 25 HD cameras”.
Green is Golden-State’s best defender and their main hustle and glue guy. He’s averaged over 7 assists per game for the past 3 seasons and is great ball-handling big. After this season he will only have 1 more year on his contract.
“At some point, the costs may outweigh the benefits” the articles says about how Green will expect a lot money when his contract is up and GSW may not want to pay it.
One of the most important reasons will be his next contract:
Back in June, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported that Draymond is not expected to take a discount on his next contract. He’ll be a free agent in the summer of 2020—two seasons from now—and he’s going to get paid. For now, Green is making $17 million per year, which is $7 million less than Steven Adams and $12 million less than Al Horford. If he wins Defensive Player of the Year next season—a realistic goal—he’ll be eligible for a $226 million supermax extension next summer.
If Kevin Durant decides to sign a massive contract next summer, Klay Thompson could ask for a lucrative long-term contract and that will be a big problem for Draymond Green. If he wants to sign a supermax extension next summer, maybe he will not re-sign with the Golden State Warriors.
The tension in the GSW locker room has lead to many rumors that Kevin Durant will stay with the Warriors, but Draymond Green may leave.
Draymond has always been the hothead of the roster but that’s how he plays; tough, on the edge and always giving 110%.
He has never been as good offensively as the other 3 All-Stars who can light it up from anywhere on the court. Maybe it’s best if the Warriors trade him next offseason to cash out before having to pay him the big bucks or lose him for nothing.