Report: Draymond Green, Warriors expected to ‘get a deal done’

Jun 20, 2023, 12:15 PM

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a call during the third quarter against t...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a call during the third quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center on March 28, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Loren Elliott/Getty Images)

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Reports came out Monday morning that Draymond Green plans to decline his $27.5 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent.

And by the end of the night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was telling Scott Van Pelt that Green’s opt-out was more procedural and that the two sides want to get a deal done.

“It made sense financially to that and now go back and negotiate a new deal with the Warriors,” Wojnarowski said, adding he spoke with both Rich Paul, Green’s agent, and new Warriors’ general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. about the forward’s future. “These are two sides who very much want to get a deal done. Draymond and Rich Paul, they’re not really posturing here, threatening that they’re going to go somewhere else. There are great options out there for them, teams with cap space like Detroit in his home state of Michigan. And then a bunch of other contenders who would need help from the Warriors in sign-and-trade scenarios, but I think there’s certainly a desire from both sides to stay together.”

The Golden State Warriors drafted Draymond Green in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Since then, he’s helped the team win four NBA Championships with teammates Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and once with Kevin Durant.

In 2015, as a restricted free agent, Green signed a five-year, $82 million deal with Golden State. Several years later, he signed a four-year $100 million extension with the Warriors.

The only other players to announce they’ve declined their player option so far this summer is Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet and Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma.

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