The Golden State Warriors and veteran forward Draymond Green reached a four-year, $100 million contract agreement on Friday afternoon, which was one of the first moves made in NBA free agency.
Green chose to remain with the franchise that originally selected him in 2012, despite a lot of rumors about what he would do this summer. He had been linked to a few teams before free agency, including the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors have maintained their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green despite losing longstanding general manager Bob Myers following the season. Myers chose to part ways with the team and give Mike Dunleavy Jr. the reins as general manager.
Green is the kind of player who opponents despise and teammates adore, so it appears that supporters are conflicted over his return to Golden State. Alternatively, it could just be haters from other teams.
It’s interesting to note that the Warriors just pulled off a major transaction before the start of free agency, sending veteran point guard Chris Paul to the Washington Wizards in exchange for guard Jordan Poole.
Green and Poole didn’t get along, and before the 2022–23 season, the two stars got into a brawl in practice. This sparked rumors about a trade or the squad choosing between the two.
Clearly, the Warriors prized Green over Poole, which was probably the right decision since it preserved some contract money for the team going forward and brought back the group’s undeniable defensive and locker-room leader.