According to head coach Steve Kerr, Draymond Green’s entry into unrestricted free agency means the Golden State Warriors are one step closer to being eliminated from championship contention.
The $27.5 million contract extension option belongs to the four-time NBA champion. However, according to ESPN and The Athletic, the 33-year-old will become a free agent after passing on the chance to test the market.
Since being selected in the 2012 draft, Green has played for the Warriors for the last 11 seasons. Only a new agreement between the two parties this summer—which is still a possibility—can keep the stay in place.
According to Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who represents the player, they “will continue to talk to Golden State and explore all options,” he told ESPN. Green’s decision to decline his player option was always likely, and the Warriors are now eager to reach a new contract agreement.
Coach Steve Kerr was direct about the circumstance when their chances of making the NBA Playoffs ended prior to the most recent circumstances. He acknowledged losing Green would probably put a stop to their chances of winning a championship the following year.
During exit interviews in May, Kerr remarked, “Look, if Draymond isn’t back, we’re not a championship contender.” “Yes, we do. He is crucial to our identity and our ability to win. I’m desperate to have him back.
He is aware that his actions during the Jordan Poole incident in October compromised other aspects of the situation. Therefore, part of him returning the following year must involve regaining some of the respect and trust that he has acquired here over a considerable period of time.
Green has also stated that staying is what he prefers to do. He stated that stance on his podcast following their postseason elimination, but he will undoubtedly weigh his alternatives as he looks for the best offer.
Green declared in May, “Obviously, I have a player option.” “Rich Paul, my agent, is the greatest in the business, but we haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk about anything yet.
“I have no idea what the possibilities will be, what my options will be in this situation, or any of those things. I want to be here, that much I can assure you. I’ve been here for 11 years, and you don’t just throw that away. Quite honestly, I believe we still have more championships in us.
“In light of the foregoing, I want to be here, but I also recognize that this is a company, and I am aware of its commercial aspects as well as the consequences of the new CBA. I am aware of all of those things, and I believe that winning is worthwhile.
Stephen Curry still has three years left on his $215 million contract with the Bay, which began last summer. Klay Thompson, the team’s backcourt mate, is about to enter the final year of his deal.
Only Poole and Andrew Wiggins are there on a long-term basis, in addition to Curry. Trade debate also focuses on the latter.