The Warriors reached agreement with Draymond Green on a five-year contract extension, the second-round draft pick-turned heartbeat of the championship team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth $82 million, according to a source.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers confirmed that the team intends to re-sign Green at the conclusion of the NBA moratorium period next week.
“I’m proud to say that I’ll be a Warrior for at least the next five years,” Green said from Southern California in a recorded video for Bleacher Report. “It’s been a long journey to get to this point whether it’s always trying to overcome the odds, overcome the doubters. To be in this position signing back long-term with the Warriors is amazing.
“It’s an organization that I love. It’s great being a part of. Best fans in the NBA. First-class organization. I think staying with the Warriors is very, very important to me…obviously coming off a championship. We’re thinking we can win a lot of championships.”
Reaching an agreement to re-sign the 25-year-old Green, which Myers promised at the championship parade to get done, came within the first 24 hours that NBA free agents could negotiate with teams. The two sides had met Tuesday evening, with the deal coming together after Yahoo! Sports first reported the following afternoon talks had reached an impasse.
The Warriors were able to offer their restricted free agent Green more money than any other team to retain the 6-foot-7 forward and ultimately did just that. The Warriors also managed to keep from giving Green a maximum-salary contract at a time when they are almost certain to exceed the luxury tax threshold next season.
Green remained with the team that drafted him with the 35th overall pick in 2012 and saw him blossom into an emotional team leader and top-notch defender despite his size.
Green finished second in the voting for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award and averaged career highs of 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds last season as he grabbed a starting spot and never let go. He saved one of his best performances for last, notching a triple-double against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Green thanked his mother, Mary Babers-Green, along with his hometown of Saginaw, Mich. along and coaches and former players from Michigan State who had helped him. He later posted a photo of Babers-Green on Instagram covering her mouth and apparently overcome by emotion after learning of the lucrative contract agreement, writing, “this is what I’ve worked my entire life to see!!!”
“I look forward to spending these years with my teammates, with the Bay Area, the Warriors organization,” Green said. “It’s going to be a fun time. Let’s keep winning championships. That’s the plan. That’s what we’re going to do.”