Warriors Rumors: Draymond Green 'Open' to Contract Extension, Talks Expected

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 28, 2019

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been an invaluable member of the team's championship run since 2015, and Dubs fans received a positive report Friday about the seven-year veteran's long-term prospects in the Bay Area.

Per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, "Green has expressed an interest in landing a new deal with the Warriors in the past and he is open to a new deal this summer."

They also wrote that "talks are expected to take place later in the offseason."

Green has one year left on his deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020. He averaged 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists last season.  

The Warriors' core has a chance to look drastically different with shooting guard Klay Thompson and forward Kevin Durant potentially heading elsewhere in free agency.

Thompson looks like he's coming back to Golden State barring the Warriors not offering the five-year max, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. However, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Dubs, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets are all in the mix for Durant.

Stephen Curry isn't going anywhere with his contract running through 2022, and there isn't serious indication that Green is either based on the latest report.

Curry and Green will be carrying the Warriors next year regardless of whether Thompson and Durant come back. Thompson suffered a torn ACL during the NBA Finals, and Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles.

The duo will undoubtedly miss the combined 47.5 points per game those two contributed last regular season, but Green's ability to stuff the stat sheet and do a little bit of everything is an indispensable skill few players possess.

At the least, an extension for him will help the Warriors stay relevant in the title picture well into the 2020s.