Swiss army knife and heartbeat of the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green has his contract up in the summer of 2020. After the Warriors won their third title in four years, it was reported from Bleacher Report that Green would most likely turn down signing a contract extension.
Now, this begs the question: Will Green leave the Warriors when his contract is up?
It’s always difficult to analyze a future event, but with Green being one of the most indispensable Warriors, it’s important to discuss the matter.
There have reports from several sources that Green has feuded with coach Steve Kerr and arguing with Kevin Durant during this past season of playing together. It was rumored from Chat Sports that Green and Durant’s contrasting personalities led to a fractured locker room and a dynasty that would not have been a dynasty without some locker room tension.
Green’s fire and intensity have been a trademark since he got into the league. It’s the intangible engine that drives the Warriors to compete for championships year in year out. The energy and intensity Green brings is a blessing and a curse. It can help energize a team that has gotten prematurely disinterested in games during the regular season and lights a fire within the team.
The intensity can also be Green’s worst enemy as he has accumulated several technicals and flagrant fouls throughout his six years in the league. None more famous than his upgraded flagrant foul on LeBron James in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals, thus, suspending Green for Game 5. Without Green in the potential close-out game, the Warriors missed their emotional leader and dirty work player. They would eventually go on to lose to the Cavaliers in seven games capping off a bitter end to a historic, record-breaking season.
Here is the infamous play of Green hitting James in the crown jewels at the end of Game 4. Both players were given technical fouls at the time, but Green’s technical was upgraded to a flagrant foul after the game. Players can get up to four flagrant foul points before they are suspended, which Green reached his flagrant foul point limit after Game 4 and thus, suspending him for the next game.
Being the emotional leader of the Warriors is not the only key attribute he brings to the team, he is also an incredibly steady playmaker.
This past season, Draymond Green averaged 7.3 apg and was the orchestrator on the fast break, who was willing to sacrifice some of his own production to provide open looks to three of the greatest snipers in the history of the game. A career 43.8 percent field goal shooter, Green often looks to distribute rather than score. It is precisely this unselfish nature that makes him such a valuable piece to the Warriors and their chances of winning title after title.
The defensive versatility of Green allows him to play ‘center field’ and gamble for steals. He will often lurk and come from the weak side to tip the ball to a teammate if he sees one of his teammates is being posted up. Green can guard anyone from a point guard to a center—and do it well.
Although his numbers don’t do it justice on the defensive end this past season at a staggering 103.7 defensive rating, Green still remains one of the most elite defensive players in the game with his heart, effort, and basketball IQ. However, in the postseason, Green turned it up a notch on the defensive end. He posted a 99.5 defensive rating throughout the playoffs and was locked in on that side of the court.
Green still has the next two summers to consider his future with one of the greatest teams in the sport. If Green decides to walk in the summer of 2020, the Warriors will be delivered a crushing blow to a homegrown core that has helped a low life franchise rise from the ashes to become the league’s one-percenters.
The fire and intensity Draymond Green has brought to the team the moment he was drafted will be gone. The defensive versatility and playmaking unicorn will be gone. There will not be another Draymond Green. However, if the Warriors can retain a Green-like second-year player, Jordan Bell, the padawan training will be complete for Bell and he will try to fill his heir’s huge shoes.