Just days after accepting the position, Mike Dunleavy Jr., the new general manager of the Golden State Warriors, will have to make his first significant personnel choice about Draymond Green.
Green, a legendary and divisive member of the team, has the choice to forego the last year of his current contract and enter the free agent market this summer. It is almost inevitable, according to Dubs club sources, that Green would renounce the last year of his four-year, $99.67 million contract (worth almost $27.6 million in 2023–24), and test the market, reports ESPN’s Marc Spears Jr.
“The Warriors expect Draymond Green to opt out of the final year of his … contract, I’m being told. But [owner] Joe Lacob, Dunleavy, the Warriors are going to do everything in their power, if he does as expected, to bring him back,” Spears said on the Friday, June 16 edition of NBA Today, per Bleacher Report. “Golden State is also getting calls on [Jonathan] Kuminga … [and] Jordan Poole. They have the 19th pick in next week’s draft, so Mike Dunleavy Jr. isn’t getting no training wheels going into this job.”
Draymond Green Holding to Narrative That He Wants to Remain With Warriors
Despite the claims and rumors, Green keeps expressing openly his desire to play out the rest of his career with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State.
“We’ll see what happens as far as my contract goes. Obviously, I have an opt-out. Everybody knows about that,” Green told reportersfollowing the Warriors’ elimination from the playoffs at the hands of the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals in May.
“But as I’ve told you guys for years, I want to be a Warrior for the rest of my life. I wanna ride out with the same dudes I rode in with,” Green continued. “I think we’ve put the work in to make that happen, and here we are with our worst season as a whole since 2014 and yet, we had a chance to make another run. It’s never as bad as it seems, it’s never as good as it seems.”
The deadline for Green’s fourth-year option is this coming Thursday, June 29.