The Golden State Warriors are currently in a bind with Draymond Green. Green is one of the best defenders in the league, a key cog in the Warriors' machine, and the most vocal leader on the team. Draymond is set to enter the final year of his contract and has a player option for 2023-24. This means he could become a free agent next summer if no new contract is agreed upon.
Is no contract extension forthcoming?
In an interview with The Athletic, Green revealed he's not confident that he'll be given a contract extension this season. Being the veteran that he is, the versatile forward said he's not going to let his contract situation be a distraction that could derail the Warriors' title defense.
"I don't think it will happen, and so for me, I'm just focused on this season and being as great as I can be and as I know I'm capable of being and winning another championship and reaching my individual goals that I have as well. I think that's my main focus," Green said.
The 32-year-old will make $25.8 million this season and will be owed $27.5 million for the 2023-2024 season if he opts in. The Michigan native has made it no secret that he considers himself worthy of a max contract. But with Warriors' cogs Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole also in talks with team brass for contract extensions, it remains to be seen if Green will get what he wants.
The thought of Green in another jersey is unimaginable
Warriors general manager Bob Myers realizes the situation's urgency and knows that the thought of Green in another jersey is unimaginable.
"No, no, I would definitely, unequivocally say he's not a guy we look at and say he's not going to be around," Myers said to The Athletic.
"Now, at some point, decisions are going to have to be made. But as far as his importance to this organization and what he's done, we're going to do everything we can to keep him in the fold."
It's going to be an interesting season for the Warriors. They will have to make tough decisions regarding their core players. But if anyone knows how to navigate these waters, it's Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.