We tried to tell you when talks “broke down” between the Warriors and Draymond Green on a new contract that this was just a matter of the two sides finding a number. The Warriors couldn’t let Green go, he is too central to what they do defensively, he was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting and his ability to switch picks and guard multiple positions is key for Golden State’s top-ranked defense. Plus he can knock down threes, is the emotional center for the team, and Green averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game last season.
The two sides have figured it out.
From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports and Sam Amick of the USA Today.
Along with the extension given Klay Thompson a year ago and the 2017 max deal, the Warriors will give Stephen Curry, keeps the core of this team together for years. They are going to be contenders for a while. (And the West is loading up to challenge them.)
There will be costs to the Warriors down the line, it may be difficult to pay players such as Harrison Barnes or Andrew Bogut the market rate. GM Bob Myers will have some future challenges.
But for now, the Warriors are keeping the band together — and they will be at the top of the West for a while.