According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN and NBA Today, Warriors forward Draymond Green is anticipated to decline his $27,586,224 player option for 2023–2024 and sign with an unrestricted free agent instead.
“I’ve been informed that Steph Curry and Draymond Green have already met with (new general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr.). I’ve been informed that the Warriors anticipate Draymond Green will choose to forego the final year of his contract, but if he does as predicted, the Warriors will make every effort to re-sign him, Spears said.
The impact of Dunleavy’s promotion before a crucial offseason was the main topic of the televised program. Spears notes the executive’s “strong relationship” with head coach Steve Kerr and his extensive NBA history as a former player, and she hears it has been a “smooth transition” so far. Spears said that trade requests for Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole are being answered by the Warriors.
With selections to the All-Defensive team in eight of the last nine seasons, including ’22/23, Green, the 2016/17 Defensive Player of the Year, is probably the best defender of his generation. He has played a significant role in Golden State’s legendary run throughout that time, contributing to their four titles, four All-Star berths, and two All-NBA choices.
That is not to suggest that there were no controversies during Green’s time with the Warriors. Among his previous infractions, he often ranks among the league leaders in technical fouls, punched Poole prior to the start of last fall’s training camp, and was given a one-game suspension for the playoffs following an altercation with Kings center Domantas Sabonis.
In 73 regular season games (31.5 MPG) last year, the 33-year-old averaged 8.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 0.8 BPG on.527/.307/.713 shooting. The Warriors, who won the championship in 2022, fell to the Lakers in the second round of the playoffs last month.
Green has played his whole 11-year career for Golden State, which took him with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 draft. If he does really reject the option, he will rise to become one of the top names on the open market.