Anthony Slater: Draymond Greens’ contract situation could turn into a breakup with the Warriors

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Draymond Green #14 of Team United States looks on against Team Australia during the National Anthem of a Men's Basketball quarterfinals game on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 05, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On a recent episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Michael Scotto and Anthony Slater discussed Draymond Green’s future in Golden State. The Warriors defensive stalwart has reportedly had some flirtations with other Western Conference teams. Depending on how he and Golden State work out his next contract, these flirtations could morph into a sudden exodus.

“The Blazers would love to have him. (Damian) Lillard has been obsessed with getting him there for a while… he�s had some flirtations with the Lakers and even the Blazers a bit. His game isn�t quite again like Curry�s is. I�d say if the Warriors lowball him coming off his next contract or whatever happens over the next couple of years, I could see his situation morphing into more of a breakup…I could see Draymond�s situation playing out a little bit more messy than Steph�s would, and the fact that Draymond�s not locked into a long-term deal like Steph is. If another team is willing to give Draymond a contract that the Warriors aren�t in a couple of years, I could see that going differently, even if their dream scenario would be to play forever.”

Anthony Slater

It would be hard to imagine Draymond playing anywhere else. After all, the former Defensive Player of the year has spent his entire career in Golden State. He has even recruited players to join him in the Bay Area recently. But as we’ve become accustomed to in the NBA, things can change rather quickly.

Draymond Green with the Warriors

The Golden State Warriors drafted Draymond Green with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He came in alongside Harrison Barnes, who they drafted with their first pick that year. While it took him time to acclimate to the league, his eventual growth would fall right in line with Golden State’s arrival as top dogs out West.

Often hailed as the emotional leader of the team, Green’s stern demeanor and stifling defensive game helped spearhead the team. The trio of himself, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson helped mold this team into a dynasty during their late run. Knowing that is what makes the thought of Green in another uniform sound silly.

Draymond Green is in the second of a four-year, $99.6M contract with the Warriors. He holds a player option for the 2023-24 season worth north of $27M. Barring a contract extension signed in advance, he’ll be slated for unrestricted free agency at age 34.

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