Draymond Green capped off his breakout campaign with a triple-double in the Golden State Warriors’ title-clinching Game 6 victory, and now the versatile forward is set to hit restricted free agency. But Green, who will likely get a max deal, isn’t going anywhere.
The line all along has been that the Warriors will match any offer sheet Green signs, and ESPN’s Marc Stein reiterated that on Wednesday. Also, Green said this to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News during the title celebration on Tuesday night: “I’ll be here.”
Green doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of a typical max player when you look at his basic statistics, but his impact says he’s worth it, especially on this specific team and with the cap set to rise. His versatility is huge on both ends of the floor, and his ability to effectively play center made the Warriors lethal all season long and emboldened head coach Steve Kerr to make that key lineup change in Game 4.
Green really struggled in the first few games of the Finals, but him finding his mojo again coincided with Golden’s State’s turnaround. He started to knock down a few more outside shots and began making better decisions with the ball as the roll man in pick-and-roll, which helped open up the Warriors’ offense.
Not to mention Green was the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up and would’ve been a worthy winner. In this new NBA, a player like Green is extremely valuable, and the Warriors appear ready to pay him the big bucks to keep him around for a long time.