In the end, Draymond Green is going to be playing for the Golden State Warriors next season. He is a restricted free agent, and one way or another they will have him under contract next season. He’s too valuable for them to let him go.
The only question is how much money he is going to be making.
Green wants a max contract extension — five years, $90 million — or close to it, and the Warriors aren’t there, so talks between the sides have broken down, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.
The Warriors met with Green and agent B.J. Armstrong in Los Angeles after 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday when NBA free agents could first begin negotiating with teams, a source told Yahoo Sports. The Warriors were given the first opportunity to reach a contract agreement before Green considered talking with other teams. But with the breakdown in talks, Green is now open to meeting with other franchises immediately, the source said.
The Warriors can still match any offer sheet Green signs because he is a restricted free agent.
This is just a negotiating tactic. From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
When you look at look at some of the other deals out there this free agency — Paul Millsap at four years, $80 million; Kris Middleton getting five years, $70 million — Green should be very close to the max.
Green averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game last season, but it was the other end of the court where he showed his real value. Green’s ability to guard positions two through five (and even the occasional point guard), allowing the Warriors to switch pick-and-rolls, was key to their league-best defense. You could see that clearly in the Finals, when the Warriors were able to put Green on Timofey Mozgov and keep the Cavaliers in check, while the Cavs had no answer for the Warriors small-ball offense.
Because of all that, Green will have suitors. The Detroit Pistons, near his hometown, would make a pitch. The Lakers and Knicks will be interested, and the list goes on.
But whichever team makes an offer, they will find that the Warriors will match.
Green will be back in Golden State, the only question is how big his checks will be.