Draymond Green is arguably the NBA’s best defender, a positive offensive contributor and a good teammate.
He’s also just 24 and will be a restricted free agent this summer.
Will he return to the Warriors?
In a looming restricted free agency this summer, Golden State’s Draymond Green has a significant interest with pursuing an offer sheet with his hometown Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Of course Green wants to pursue an offer sheet with the Pistons – for sincere and insincere reasons.
I’m sure Green, who played for Michigan State, would enjoy playing for the Pistons. But he also enjoys playing for the Warriors, who can match any offer he receives.
The biggest impediment to Golden State keep Green would be its luxury-tax bill, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob says he’s willing to pay the tax next season.
Green is probably worth a max contract, especially because the salary cap will skyrocket in 2016. No team should be more certain of that than Golden State, which is the only team that can know Green fits its system. If the Warriors aren’t worried about the luxury tax, there’s no reason not to match any deal he receives.
Of course, Golden State probably shouldn’t rush to pay Green. Let the market dictate his price.
At this point, it’s on Green to secure a big offer elsewhere. If he can leverage the Pistons – who will probably lose Greg Monroe and could use a player like Green – into making it, that’s great.
The Warriors would probably match, which would be great for Green. And on the off chance they don’t, Green could return home, and they’d be great for him too.