According to Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the Dubs won’t be title contenders if All-Star power forward Draymond Green isn’t on the squad next season.
If Green chooses not to exercise his player option for the 2023–24 season, he will be eligible to sign with any team this summer as an unrestricted free agent.
The Green-Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson era has seen the Warriors win four titles. In 758 games with Golden State, Green has averaged 8.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.6 assists over the course of his career. His player option is valued $27.6 million.
In six games, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. Green informed the media at Crypto.com Arena following Game 6 that he intends to re-sign with the Dubs.
“I want to be a Warrior for the rest of my life,” Green said. “I want to ride out with the same dudes I rode in with.”
The Warriors “intend to discuss a new multi-year contract with Green” once free agency opens, according to Anthony Slater and Shams Charania of The Athletic. Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, the superagent who also represents Anthony Davis and LeBron James, is Green’s agent.
“It’s why the Warriors intend to discuss a new multi-year contract with Draymond Green, either via an opt-in and extend or an entirely new deal after an opt-out, sources briefed on the matter tell The Athletic,” Slater and Charania reported. “Green has leverage: He is expected to have multiple playoff-contending teams in pursuit if he enters the open market. But Green and the Warriors appear intent on discussing an extension to their partnership, if the price is right. He just finished his 11th season with the franchise.”
Green and Golden State agreed to a four-year, $99.7 million deal in August 2019. This year, he brought in $25.8 million.