When it comes to dollars, Draymond Green is looking longterm and it only makes sense.
The Golden State Warriors’ All-Star forward, fresh off helping them to a second consecutive NBA championship and third in four seasons, is eligible for a three-year $72 million contract extension that would begin in the 2020-21 season. However, he will reportedly turn that down when the team offers it.
According to a report by Chris Haynes of ESPN, Green, who will turn 30 years old in March of 2020, won’t accept a pay cut with his next contract as he did in 2015.
“I don’t focus on that because as much as I looked out for the team’s success, that still helps me in a sense of winning a championship and building a legacy that lives on forever,” Green said. “I don’t look at it like it’s their turn to do me right. If I continue to play my game, if I continue to do better, they got to do me right, or somebody else will.
“I did what I did because I wanted to win championships, so that’s paid off so far. Everything else will take care of itself when it’s time.”
Green could become eligible for a supermax deal, one that would pay him $226 million over five years, if he earned Defensive Player of the Year or All-NBA Team recognition next season. Green was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.