Draymond Green Will Reportedly Turn Down Extension: Is The Golden State Warriors Dynasty In Trouble?
on Jun 14, 2018 10:13 AM EDT
Energetic forward Draymond Green will turn down a three-year $72 million extension with the Golden State Warriors in hopes of getting a supermax deal.
The 28-year-old Green which has been the defensive anchor of a star-studded Warriors squad still has two years left on his contract. Green is set to make $17.5 million next season and $18.5 million in 2019-2020 NBA season. It can be brought to mind that Green signed a five-year $82 million contract with the Warriors following their triumphant championship win in 2015.
In a report by ESPN's Chris Haynes, Green said that he won't be taking a pay cut when his contract ends in 2020. Green took a pay cut in 2015 to help bring Kevin Durant into the Bay Area.
"I took less so we could go after KD. I am a student of this game, and I studied the business side of it and the numbers, where some people don't. They leave it up to their agent to do it," Green expressed.
In the summer of last year, his teammate Stephen Curry signed a five-year $201 million supermax extension with the Warriors. The contract signed by Curry also happens to be the richest deal signed by a player in league history. Curry became eligible for the deal after making the 2017 All-NBA second team.
Nonetheless, for Green to be qualified for a supermax extension, the former 35th overall pick will have to win the NBA Most Valuable Player award, Defensive Player of the Year or be inducted into an All-NBA team next season. During his illustrious career, Green has already made it to two All-NBA squads while winning the 2017 NBA Defensive Player trophy.
Is Green Worth Of A Supermax?
The three-time NBA All-Star has been a key ingredient into the Warriors' finals successes in 2015, 2017 and this year. Green has career averages of 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks. However, he has managed to up his game in the postseason with career playoff averages of 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Green will be 30 when his current deal with the Warriors expires in 2020 but the versatile forward is confident that he will be staying with the Warriors.
"I did what I did because I wanted to win championships, so that's paid off so far. Everything else will take care of itself when it's time," he said.
Aside from being a three-time NBA champion, Green has also made it to the NBA All-Defensive team from 2015 to 2018. He has also captured the NBA steals recognition in the 2016-2017 season averaging 2.03 steals per game.