The Golden State Warriors have a number of decisions to make this offseason, with an eligible Klay Thompson extension, trade rumors swirling around Jordan Poole (who has just started a new extension) and the likelihood of Draymond Green entering agency. free.
Green officially entered the free agency pool on Monday as he declined his player option for next season.
The Golden State Warriors’ four-time NBA champion Draymond Green is declining his $27.5 million player option for the 2023-24 season and will enter unrestricted free agency, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul has said. @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 19, 2023
Klutch’s Rich Paul to ESPN on Golden State’s declining Draymond Green option: “We will continue to talk to Golden State and explore all options,” Paul said. Green was expected to step down and now he can talk with Warriors, explore signs and trades and free agency.
— Adrien Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2023
All indications are that Golden State will re-sign Green, even if Bob Myers leaves the franchise, as Steve Kerr explained how much of a necessity Green is to continue competing for the championships in the immediate future. Exactly what Green’s price will be remains to be seen, but after some questioning at the start of the season following the incident with Poole, few expect Green to end up anywhere other than The Bay in the immediate future. If it goes as planned, that indicates what options Golden State will consider this summer for potential upgrades.
There have been rumors about the availability of Poole, as well as Jonathan Kuminga, as the two-part plan didn’t go as well as the Warriors had hoped. Building the roster for one more run around their long-serving Championship core seems like the most likely outcome, but the exact number of changes that entails is something the rest of the league will be keeping tabs on.