Even though they were entering the off-season as the NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors had plenty of work to do at the start of free agency on Wednesday as their primary target, Draymond Green, was seeking a major raise in pay.
While the two sides, apparently, broke off contract talks earlier in the day, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Green and the Warriors have come to an agreement on a five-year deal that will pay the former Michigan State Spartans standout $85 million over the life of the contract.
“Excited thankful and grateful to be back in the Bay. Thanks to Peter Gruber, Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Rick Welts and the entire Warriors organization. Thanks coach (Steve) Kerr and staff for helping me become a better player and thanks to my teammates for being great and accepting. I love the fans thanks for being great now let’s chase championships,” Warriors forward Draymond Green told Yahoo! Sports.
Following Golden State’s win in the NBA Finals, Green alluded to the fact that he anticipated being back in the Bay Area going forward and, as we can see, all the Warriors front office had to do was open up the checkbook to get the job done.
With Green back on board for the foreseeable future, Golden State should continue to be an extremely dangerous team in the Western Conference.