Golden State veteran Draymond Green, who was a key contributor to the Warriors’ four championship teams, is returning to the only NBA team he’s ever played for, according to multiple reports.
His new contract will reportedly last four seasons for a total of $100 million.
Free agent Draymond Green and Clutch Sports CEO Rich Paul have agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract to return to the Golden State Warriors, sources said. @athletic @stadium, The $100 million deal includes a player option for a 4th year.
Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 30 June 2023
Free agent forward Draymond Green agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract with a player option for a final season to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors on the first day of free agency, sources told ESPN’s Endscape Is. Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson live together. pic.twitter.com/0wvfQOspV3
– Mark J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) 30 June 2023
Green has accomplished a lot in his career since being selected in the second round by the Warriors in 2012. He was an eight-time All-Defensive selection, a four-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA selection and Kia Defensive Player of the Year in 2016–17. After averaging a career-best 14.0 points per game in 2015–16, Green’s offense has waned.
However, his importance to the Warriors lies on defense and as a playmaker. Last season, he averaged 8.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 6.8 apg in 73 games for the Warriors. In late June, new Warriors GM Mike Dunleavy Jr. said that keeping Green on the team was “important” to him.
Dunleavy said, “I will say this, I think Steve (Kerr) has said this, I’ll repeat, we really want Drummond back.” “What he means to this organization and this team in terms of trying to win at the highest level, we feel we have to have him with us. That’s why it’s so important.”
This spring, Green served a one-game suspension during the Warriors’ 114–97 Game 3 victory in the first round of the playoffs, which Golden State won in seven games. He later vowed not to change.
“Draymond will not be affected by any Draymond rule,” he added. “I’m going to continue to play the game the way I play, operate the way I play, be the way I am, because that’s what makes winning.”
In the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 114–106 Game 2 victory, Green stepped on Sacramento center Domantas Sabonis’ chest after Stephen Curry grabbed a defensive rebound.
In 2016, Green was suspended After accumulating too many serious fouls in that season’s playoffs, he led to a crucial Game 5 loss at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The Warriors suffered the loss in seven. He was suspended one game without pay in November 2018 for conduct detrimental to the team following an altercation with Kevin Durant.
Before the season started, Green was fined but not suspended after brawling with teammate Jordan Poole during practice.
This report used information from The Associated Press.