Long after the confetti fell from the ceilings of the Q, long after the welcome back from fans on the tarmac and a parade that was highlighted by his own tirade of comments, Draymond Green was the toast of the town during a celebration in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan. Aside from celebrating his first NBA title, Green made some comments when the mic was in his hands. He stated there were “a lot of people talking” to him about signing with the Detroit Pistons.
We’ve since learned that Detroit isn’t the only team that wants in on the pending free-agent. According to Yahoo Sports, Green will meet with several teams, including the Warriors and Pistons:
“he would do his due diligence with all suitors when free agency arrives Wednesday. The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets are also expected to be among the teams interested in Green, a source said. The 2015 first all-NBA defensive team selection said he is open to face-to-face team visits with any serious free-agent opportunity, too.
Green arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday to meet with his agent, B.J. Armstrong, to being preparations for the upcoming free-agency period. “The one thing I’ve been taught is to go into this thing with no expectations. When you do, that’s when it gets frustrating. That’s when it gets stressful. I just want to have fun and enjoy this process.”
As a second round pick, Green has made just $2.6 million in his pro career. He will likely seek and receive the max contract, and why not, the feeling is pretty much mutual that he has earned it. He averaged career-highs the past season in points (11.2), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.7), and minutes (31.5). He also started a career-high 79 games.
Before Warriors fans see Green shopping the market and begin to panic, it’s important to remember that Green is a restricted free-agent. This means the Warriors first have the right to match any contract offers he receives. He can’t just up and leave town. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has been adamant about the teams desire to keep Green around, and they would be foolish to let him walk. This is all merely procedural stuff for Green.