Draymond Green came in second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting in the NBA, and some casual fans shook their heads at the idea.
They don’t anymore. Not after these Finals. The versatility of Draymond Green to defend the center position allowed Steve Kerr to go small and put Andre Iguodala in as a starter and bench Andrew Bogut. His defense is a key reason the Warriors are on the brink of winning the NBA title.
Green is also a restricted free agent this summer.
But Warriors fans to expect Green back in the Bay Area, Golden State GM Bob Meyers told the San Jose Mercury News Tuesday.
“Tell the Warrior fans they shouldn’t worry,” Myers said Tuesday as the team held its shootaround session in preparation for Game 6 at the Quicken Loans Arena….
Asked if he could comment on whether the franchise is prepared to go to any lengths to keep Green, Myers said, “I can’t comment, per league rules, on that specific question. The only thing I can say is we really like our core. Obviously, they’ve achieved a great amount of success so far this season. Our hope is to keep them together.”
Because Green is restricted the Warriors have the right to match any offer he receives. And they will — Green is too central to the defensive switching and floor spacing that the Warriors rely on, and that has gotten them to the brink of a title. They’ll max him to keep ji
Giving Green a max or near max deal, on top of what was given Klay Thompson and a new max deal for Stephen Curry when he comes up, may mean the Warriors can’t keep someone like Harrison Barnes on the roster.
But that’s a problem for a couple years from now. In the short term, the Warriors are pretty happy with their 67-win roster. They want to keep it together. With good reason.