With the Golden State Warriors fresh off repeating as NBA champions and winning their third ring in the past four seasons, it’s safe to say they are one of the more noteworthy dynasties in the league’s history.
However, as has been the case with every dominant team in the past, there is an expiration date to their success which usually begins with one piece of the puzzle departing. While many expected that to be perhaps Klay Thompson in search of a bigger role, forward Draymond Green is the player who will reportedly bypass signing an extension this summer. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Green will not sign an extension this summer in hopes of qualifying for a super-max contract next offseason:
With two years and $36 million remaining on his deal, Green is eligible for a three-year, $72 million extension, which would start in 2020-21.
According to league sources, Green will turn the extension down when it’s offered. That’s because if he earns MVP, Defensive Player of the Year or All-NBA Team honors next season, he will be eligible for a super-max contract of five years, $226 million.
As specified, Green would be eligible for a five year, $226 million deal if he was to achieve one of the three requisites for a super-max contract. With Green refusing to put pen to paper this summer, this now puts the Warriors front office in a tough position regarding who many perceive to be the heart of their franchise.
Though Green’s stats may not be as gaudy as Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, or even Klay Thompson, the impact he has is unparalleled. Still, that much money for Green is a hefty price tag and one the Warriors may not be willing to meet especially with the heaps of other talent on the roster.
Golden State could trade him midseason if Green stands firm on his demand for a super-max contract. At least getting something in return for him instead of losing him for nothing would be beneficial for the Warriors, but would seriously jeopardize their chances at a three-peat next season.
However the Warriors approach this, everyone knew the time would come where salary restraints and inflated egos would doom Golden State and put an end to their dynasty eventually. Whether Draymond Green is that first domino to fall next offseason remains to be seen.