Stephen Curry addresses possibility of a Draymond Green extension with Warriors
While Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are locked up to long-term contracts, the possibility of extending former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green still looms large over the Bay Area.
Green has been a key contributor for the Warriors over their dominant stretch of five consecutive NBA Finals appearances. The three-time champion re-signed with the team in the summer of 2015—following the franchise’s first title in 40 years—and will be a free agent again in 2020.
Curry addressed the rumors of a Green extension in The Athletic, per Marcus Thompson II:
Which is why, Curry said, the Warriors need Draymond Green. He helped build it and will be key to doing it again. Back in 2015, when Green was due a contract extension, Curry would, in the middle of the game when Green made a play, catch the attention of Warriors co-chairman Joe Lacob and tell him to “pay that man.” Curry is of the same mind now as Green is due a contract extension.
“I feel like he’s proven how valuable he is to a championship team and can find ways to get even better,” Curry said. “They know what’s up.”
The Warriors re-signed Klay Thompson this offseason, paying $190 million over five years. Thompson is sidelined with a torn ACL sustained in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
The two-time league MVP Curry signed a max extension with the franchise in July 2017, totaling more than $200 million over five years.
Green, earning $18.5 million next season, is due for a pay raise and he’ll turn 30 before the next offseason.