Heading into the season, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green created headlines and chaos for the defending champions. He was involved in an altercation with fellow teammate Jordan Poole, who the Warriors prioritized (in terms of a contract extension) over the 4-time champion.
That's why lately, it's no coincidence that Green (who admitted that he doesn't expect to be given an extension this season) has been loud and proud about his achievements and value to the Warriors franchise.
Green isn't holding back
Green, who was drafted by the Warriors franchise in 2012, didn't hold back when he got the opportunity to talk about his impact on the organization for the past decade. In his recent podcast episode, the 4-time NBA All-Star implied that he's one of the biggest reasons why the team built a winning culture in the first place and a golden dynasty that will always be considered one of the greatest not just in the NBA but also in sports history.
“From time to time, I've got people tell me that 'Oh man, you would be nothing if you weren't on the Warriors.' Yes, success is predicated on the Warriors and it's funny to me because the Warriors didn't have success before I got here,” Green on the lastest episode of his podcast. “I didn't go to the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics or somewhere that has had success. Before I got to the Warriors, they were winning 23 games a year so I always laugh at that notion…,” Green added.
In fairness to Green, he does deserve a lot of credit for playing a perennial role on the court in turning the Golden State Warriors franchise around. When the Warriors won their first 3 championships, he was called the team's heart and soul because of his leadership, grit, and ability to get the best out of his teammates.
Green has always been their vocal leader, and while he may have significantly lost a step or two on the offensive end, his impact on the defensive end is a huge reason why Golden State continues to be elite. After all, he's one of the best defensive players the league has seen in this era.
Do the Warriors still view Draymond the same way?
Now, the question moving forward for the Warriors is whether or not they still believe in the value of Green as much as he does. Golden State's biggest challenge is finding a way to retain their young role players (who they deserve a lot of credit for trading for, drafting, and developing) and, at the same time, keep their main core of Green, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson satisfied.
But as of right now, Green knows how much he means to the organization — both in their past and future. It'll be up to the Warriors to decide whether that alone is worth rewarding and retaining him as he goes through the twilight years of his career.