One of the most polarizing players in the league is Draymond Green from the Golden-State Warriors. His fans say he is a tenacious team player with great passing and defending skills. His critics say he is an undersized headcase who can’t shoot. I’m definitely a big fan of Green. He hustles, he’s selfless and the only thing missing from his game is a decent 3-point shot.
The Warriors are expected to win the NBA Championship this season again to make it their three-peat. They added DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason on a cheap, 1 season deal which gives them yet another point of attack. It will certainly be interesting to see how the Warriors do this season given that Cousins won’t be healthy at the start.
Sam Alipour from ESPN met with Green in Tokyo to talk about Green’s thoughts and expectation about the upcoming season, the last few years and his future with the Warriors. Given that Golden-State has several huge decisions to make in the near future with various contracts getting an insight into what Green is thinking is certainly must-know information at this point.
- How will this dynasty end?
"Klay and Kevin are free agents next year. I'm a free agent in 2020. What decisions will we make? Let's wait and see. But if we stay together, only old age will get us -- and not anytime soon."
- What about you? You left $12 million on the table on your last deal.“
"I'm not sure how it plays out, but I think I'm in the best position out of everybody. Steph was up, now Klay and Kevin are up. That gives me the opportunity to see what everyone else does. And quite frankly, if I am the first to bounce, unless it's in 2020, it wouldn't be my decision. I can get traded. But I'm last. I should be the least of everyone's worries."
- Do you want to retire as a Warrior?“
"I'd love to. When you look around the league today, how many guys have been with one team? Kobe, Dirk [Nowitzki], Duncan, Manu [Ginobili]. It don't happen like that anymore. That'd be amazing. But at the end of the day, it's a business. Let the cards fall how they may."
That isn’t the whole article, just the highlights. If you want to read the whole article then you can find it on the ESPN - The Magazine.
It will very interesting in a year’s time to see what the Warriors look like. Like Draymond said Klay and Durant are free agents next offseason and both could easily demand a max contract or look to play elsewhere. My money would be on Durant leaving since Klay was drafted by the Warriors and KD might want to prove he can win elsewhere to save his reputation.
If the Warriors wanted to keep all 4 All-Stars then they would have to pay some seriously big luxury tax given how much they already paying.