EDITOR’S NOTE: This article refers to Green’s deal that expired after the 2022-23 season. Click here for the full details of his subsequent extension with the Warriors.
From a second-round pick to a key component of Golden State’s dynasty, he’s won four rings and isn’t done yet — Boardroom breaks down the Warriors’ current Draymond Green contract.
But that would still be way too simple. He was the last addition to the Golden State Warriors core we now know, taken 35th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, and was not in head coach Steve Kerr’s rotation until David Lee got injured. But for the past decade, Green had been an integral part of the Warriors’ success, growing with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson into the Association’s latest dynasty.
The reason why the word interesting applies to Draymond is that his value as a key contributor is not as measurable by statistics. The Warriors do not depend on him to score a bunch of points. Rather, he is a fulcrum that stabilizes the team’s system together on both ends of the floor. For his career, he holds averages of 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. Yet, he is a four-time All-Star with seven All-Defensive team nominations and two All-NBA nods.
If Curry is the gravity on offense, then Green is that on defense, which is an underrated part of why Golden State has won so much over the years.
He has now made it to his second extension — a four-year, nearly $100 million deal that he signed before the 2020 season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the numbers behind the Warriors’ Draymond Green contract.
Draymond Green Contract Details & Salary
All dollar figures via Spotrac.
Years: 4 (2023-24 is player option)
Total value: $99,666,362
Average annual value: $24,916,591
Free agency: 2023 or 2024
Remaining annual salary earnings:
2023-24: $27,586,225 player option
Green’s deal comes with a 15% trade kicker, the max allowed. And he can opt out after this year, leaving over $27 million on the table to be a free agent. While it certainly seems unlikely that this dynastic core will be broken up, this type of breakup has happened before.
Green is in his 30s, and if his intangibles aren’t affecting winning at a championship level for the Warriors, then it may be time to consider moving into that post-dynastic era. The Warriors have championship metal, and there is still more than half the season left for them to get healthy and turn things around.
Draymond Green’s Career Earnings
Salary data via Spotrac.
TOTAL NBA EARNINGS THRU 2022-23: $155,562,184
ESTIMATED SALARY EARNINGS THRU 2023-24: $183,148,409 (requires exercising player option)
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