The Golden State Warriors have just won their latest NBA Finals but they are now about to take part in something far more complex, complicated, and nerve-wracking than that: contract negotiations.
Recent reports from inside the organization say that Draymond Green is wanting a full maximum contract extension from the team.
That would mean the front office would have to commit more than $160 million and five years to Green, which is a hefty sum for any player but especially one in his thirties who has been producing diminishing returns for a few seasons.
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Initial reporting said the Warriors weren’t going to offer Green his desired deal…but they may be forced to change their minds.
Apparently, Steph Curry would not be happy if the team lost Green because they didn’t pay him what he wanted.
Curry has a desire for both Green and Klay Thompson to be with him for the entirety of his stay at Golden State.
The Warriors might not want to pony up for Green but they definitely don’t want to upset Curry so this may have just improved Green’s chances drastically.
It is undeniable that Green isn’t as impactful as he once was.
He put up 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 7 assists a game during the 2021-22 season.
That’s not a far cry from his career average of 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
But it’s also not the sort of numbers that someone puts up when they are asking for such a huge deal.
Yet, Green is Green and he is going to stick to his guns and the Warriors have to admit they really want him around for the rest of his career.
So does Curry, and that may make all the difference.