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Draymond Green is returning; re-signs at $100m / 4 years with player option
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Slater on Draymond’s return
The biggest piece of offseason business for the Warriors was settled in the early minutes of free agency. Draymond Green is returning on a four-year, $100 million deal, as first reported by our Shams Charania. The fourth year of the deal is a player option.
Both sides exacted their pound of flesh. Green was able to push the Warriors from a three-year to a four-year deal and get the final season as a player option. That’s a win on the back end for him. He grabs extra security for the 2026-27 season when he will be turning 37 and Steph Curry, only under contract the next three seasons, will be turning 39.
But, in doing so, the Warriors were able to lower his 2023-24 salary significantly. Green declined a $27.6 million player option for next season. The first year of this four-year extension begins at $22.3 million, per league sources. That $5.3 million haircut will actually result in around $43 million of tax savings for a Warriors front office and ownership group that had long been concerned about how high this season’s bill might go.
That aspect was a negotiating win for new general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. as he tries to tiptoe around the luxury tax land mines heading his way next summer when the second apron penalties trigger. Klay Thompson is on an expiring $43 million deal. Chris Paul’s $30 million contract the following season is non-guaranteed. The Warriors have generated flexibility they didn’t have a couple of weeks ago.