Draymond Green declines player option, Enters free agency

Draymond Green, a forward for the Golden State Warriors, has declined his player option for 2023–2024, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul announced on Monday to ESPN and The Athletic.

The 33-year-old veteran, who spent 11 seasons with the Warriors and won four NBA championships during that time, is declining a $27.6 million contract in order to become a free agent.

“We will continue to talk to Golden State and explore all options,” Paul told ESPN.

In 73 games (all starts), the four-time All-Star averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 assists, and 7.2 rebounds for Golden State in 2022–23.

Since being selected by the Warriors in the second round out of Michigan State in 2012, Green has played in 758 games (608 starts) with averages of 8.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals. In 2016–17, he received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Green won NBA championships in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2022 alongside All-Star teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as well as head coach Steve Kerr.

In the second round of the playoffs this year, the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the Warriors. Following Green’s stomping on Kings center Domantas Sabonis’ chest during Game 1 of their first-round series against Sacramento, the NBA punished him for one game.

The NBA stated Green’s past as a repeat offender contributed to the ban when it made the announcement. 162 career technical fouls, 17 ejections, and four suspensions are among his past infractions.

The Warriors penalized Green an unknown sum for hitting teammate Jordan Poole during practice in October during the preseason.





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