The Golden State Warriors aren’t afraid to splash the cash. After all, they are the defending champions and one of the top three most valuable franchises in the NBA.
However, paying Draymond Green upwards of $140 million in a max contract extension may not be the way the Warriors’ brass is willing to spend their money. At least, that’s what the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson and Anthony Slater report.
Green will earn $25.8 million in revenue next season and has a player option for $27.6 million the following season. But he desires more.
Green would earn $167 million over the next five seasons if his contract is extended. The contract would also end when the Michigan State product reached the age of 37. The question now is whether the Warriors are willing to pay for what many consider to be the heart and soul of a dynastic team.
According to the Athletic, Stephen Curry, the reigning Finals MVP, “would not be happy if the Warriors lost Green because the team refused to pay him.”
Last season, the Warriors paid a league-high $346 million in luxury taxes and player penalties, but by paying Green, that figure could skyrocket into the $400 million range, which would be too much for Warriors ownership.
The Warriors will also have to pay Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole in the near future, making the decision on Green even more difficult. The good news is that both Poole and Wiggins are under contract until the 2023-24 season, allowing the Warriors core to defend their title.
In an ideal world, the Warriors would be able to pay and retain their entire core while simply retooling their roster’s role players. The only problem is that it’s a perfect world for everyone except Golden State owners’ wallets.