Reports: Draymond expected to opt out of contract; GSW taking calls on Poole and Kuminga; GSW trying to move down in draft
GSW will try to bring Dray back
A flurry of rumors yesterday about GSW maneuvering behind the scenes. Keep in mind that it is mandatory for GMs to take trade offers and call around the league to gauge the value of the players and draft picks. Until there’s more detail, this is not a fire, this is not even smoke. It’s rumors about smoke.
The bit about Dray opting out is the only real report, and it’s not surprising because if GSW brings Dray back, it will have to be at a discount starting this year.
Green, 33, has a $27.6 million player option for the 2023-24 season and could choose to opt out of his Warriors contract and enter free agency this summer. Andscape's Marc Spears reported Friday on ESPN's "NBA Today" that Golden State is preparing for that exact scenario.
"The Warriors expect Draymond Green to opt out of the final year of his $26 million contract, I'm being told," Spears stated. "But Joe Lacob, [Mike] Dunleavy, the Warriors are going to do everything in their power, if he does as expected, to bring him back."
The Athletic's Shams Charania and Anthony Slater reported, citing sources, that the Warriors plan on discussing a multiyear contract with Green this offseason.
"The Warriors intend to discuss a new multi-year contract with Green, either via an opt-in and extend or an entirely new deal after an opt-out, sources briefed on the matter tell The Athletic," Charania and Slater wrote. "Green has leverage: He is expected to have multiple playoff-contending teams in pursuit if he enters the open market, sources added.
"But both Green and the Warriors appear intent on discussing an extension to their partnership, if the price is right. He just finished his 11th season with the franchise."
The Golden State Warriors have a lot of decisions to make heading into this offseason. They made some big front office news on Friday following the departure of former general manager Bob Myers. Mike Dunleavy Jr. will be tasked with trying to maximize this team's window and re-making a championship contender. In doing so, he'll have to make some choices on a few players already on the roster, most notably Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga. The Warriors will need to either trade both players or get them to buy into and fit with the current roster. Should the Warriors decide to trade either of them, there will be no shortage of interest teams as several have already reached out to test the market as per Marc J. Spears of ESPN.
Golden State could look to move back or out of the selection, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported, citing sources.
This comes after ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported earlier this week, citing sources, that the Warriors are looking to potentially move up in next week's draft, and could use 20-year-old forward Jonathan Kuminga as a trade chip to make it happen.
"The Warriors are exploring the option of acquiring a top pick for Jonathan Kuminga, according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony. Sources have also told me the Warriors are looking to move back or out of this selection," O'Connor wrote. "It's one of the trends for teams picking in the middle of the first round: Who will move down with a team looking to consolidate multiple firsts?"
If the Warriors keep the pick, O'Connor has them selecting Santa Clara sophomore guard Brandin Podziemski, who he describes as a blend of Donte DiVincenzo and D'Angelo Russell.
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