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Draymond Green wants max contract from Warriors

Jun 16, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts with guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics in game six of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Power forward Draymond Green is seeking a maximum contract extension from the Golden State Warriors, however The Athletic reported Wednesday that the team has “no plans” to accommodate him.

Green, who is seeking a four-year deal when he’s eligible for a new contract on Aug. 3, is set to be paid $25.8 million and $27.58 million over the next two seasons. The four-time All-Star could opt out of his deal for the 2023-24 campaign and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

While Green would like to remain with the Warriors, The Athletic reported the 32-year-old is “willing to explore his outside options to get the kind of contract he wants.”

To boot, Golden State forward Andrew Wiggins and guards Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole are in line for new contracts in the relatively near future. Should the Warriors look to pay all parties, it could get rather pricey in terms of luxury taxes.

That’s a sore subject considering the NBA fined Joe Lacob $500,000 after the Warriors owner called the league’s luxury tax “very unfair” last week. The team paid more than $170 million in luxury tax and $346 million in total payroll last season.

Green, 32, averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks in 46 games (44 starts) last season.

The NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, Green has contributed 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 685 career games (535 starts) since being selected by the Warriors in the second round of the 2012 draft.

–Field Level Media