The Warriors are coming off their fourth championship season since 2015, with the highest payroll in the history of the NBA. That payroll looked like it could’ve gotten significantly higher this offseason as they looked to sign Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole to max extensions. The Dubs also have pending extensions to negotiate with Draymond Green, who is set to hit the free agent market in 2024.
To mitigate concerns with paying the League’s luxury tax, the Warriors decided to fully invest in their win-and-develop now mentality by letting their bench mob walk in free agency and choosing to rely on their young core to compliment their championship core of Stephen Curry, Green, and Klay Thompson. Green, in particular, is reportedly set to request a max extension from Joe Lacob and Bob Meyers.
Green has played a major role as the emotional leader and defensive anchor of Golden State’s championship teams. He’s also been a lightning rod for criticism from fans and national media for his trash-talking and physical play style. Be that as it may, Green has become the ultimate team player after winning four rings, winning the DPOY award in 2016, earning seven All-Defensive and two All-NBA team selections.
The former Michigan State Spartan is so integral to Golden State’s success that Curry would reportedly “not be happy” if the Dubs decide not to pay Green or Thompson, who is also eligible for an extension and can hit free agency in 2024.
Signing Green and Thompson to three-year deals would align their contracts with Curry, who is under contract until the summer of 2026. The critical factor will be who is most willing to take a pay cut to keep the band together and keep the Warriors championship window open for a few more seasons.