Unsurprisingly, Warrior forward Draymond Green has decided to forego his remaining salary and go with another team, as we reported here.
A return to Golden State appears to be very much on the cards, which is perhaps not unexpected.
“The idea of continuing with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and certainly Steve Kerr, I think it means the world to [Green],” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on SportsCenter, via RealGM. “It’s just a matter of negotiation. Is it a four-year deal? Is it a three-year deal?
“I don’t sense at all any real sense on either side that this could get sideways. It could happen, he becomes a free agent … but I think these sides are destined to reunite.”
For the first time in his professional life, Green, 33, will be an unrestricted free agent. He has shown a strong desire to join the Warriors once more.
“I want to be a Warrior for the rest of my life,” Green said recently, via Mark Medina of Sportsnaut. “I want to ride out with the same dudes I rode in with. We put the work in to make that happen. … But there’s a bunch of things to take into account.”
When deciding where Green will play next, a variety of things will be taken into account, agent Rich Paul informed Wojnarowski.
“We will continue to talk to Golden State and explore all options,” Paul said.
In 73 games last season, Green averaged 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists. He still ranks among the league’s most adaptable defenders, is a high-energy player, and has a knack for identifying the open man while attacking.