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“You better be willing to handle all the effects of a contract lingering” - Draymond Green opens up about his status with the Golden State Warriors

Whether or not the Warriors prioritize and value Green as much as they did years ago is the biggest question for both parties moving forward.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green

Draymond Green

Just a week ago, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined and had to take time off from his team because he punched his teammate Jordan Poole in the middle of a practice session. As expected, Green drew much criticism for his action as many analysts and fans felt that his current contract extension status with the Warriors had much to do with his behavior.

Less than a week later, Draymond returned to the Warriors facility with his contract status still up in the air. With just 1 year and $27,586,225 dollars left under contract, Green has a choice on whether to opt in or out of his contract for next season. But more than anything, Draymond is waiting for the Warriors to extend his contract, increase his salary and solidify his value and place in the organization.

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Draymond warns the Warriors for lingering on his extension

The situation the Warriors find themselves in isn't easy. They're currently $31,187,694 above the luxury tax and have to decide whether to spend and invest in Poole, Green, and Andrew Wiggins — three players seeking an extension. Green, who admitted that he doesn't expect to receive an extension anytime soon this season, said that he and his team have to be prepared for the effects of lingering his pending extension.

"… I don't like to let contract drama linger, especially when it's involving me. If you're going to let a contract situation linger, then you better be damn sure that you're willing to handle all the effects of a contract lingering that it can have on the team. Quite frankly, everybody don't do that. We've seen LeBron James have contract situations. We've seen Steph Curry have contract situations. And they handled it, and they handled it in the way it's supposed to be handled," Green said, as reported by The Athletic.

The anticipation and intrigue continuous

Green may or may not be throwing shade at the Warriors' front office here, but his sentiment makes sense. No All-Star or even superstar wants to enter a season with their pending contract clouding their heads, and it won't help that the media will keep bringing this up and pressuring both sides about this throughout this and next season.

The pressure from the outside is what both Green and the Warriors will be dealing with for a while, especially if the drama continues at the Bay. Green, who has played an integral role in the Warriors' golden dynasty, will be fighting for an extension that he thinks he deserves. Whether or not the Warriors prioritize and value Green as much as they did years ago is the biggest question for both parties moving forward. 

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