Oakland, Calif. — Draymond Green is scheduled to meet with the Warriors at 9:01 p.m. Tuesday night, Pacific time, when free agents can begin negotiating, and the two sides hope to agree to a contract that will keep him from going on the market, multiple sources told Bay Area News Group columnist Marcus Thompson II on Monday night.
On the eve of NBA free agency, Green’s agent expressed confidence in the Warriors, who have promised to re-sign the “heartbeat” of their championship team.
“We have every reason to believe in management … and all the people there that things will get worked out,” agent B.J. Armstrong said. “And we will continue to go through the process.
“This is an incredible opportunity for everyone because this is a young team. They have a great nucleus, a great coaching staff. Draymond is so thankful to be part of the Warriors organization. He understands that. The Warriors organization understands that. Let’s focus on the ‘we’ of the situation.”
Green, the former Michigan State star, still could be able to at least explore the possibility of signing a contract elsewhere for near or at the maximum salary. A restricted free agent, Green can force the Warriors’ hand by signing an offer sheet for more than $15 million per season. The Warriors can match any offer sheet Green might sign.
Or if all goes well at the meeting, Green could simply re-sign with Golden State, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2012 and saw the 6-foot-7 forward emerge into a Defensive Player of the Year runner-up who notched a triple-double in the clinching win of the NBA Finals.
In the euphoria of the Warriors’ championship rally, Green launched into a freestyle rap and declared, “We’re going to do it again for the Bay.”
Bob Myers, the Warriors’ general manager, then went on stage and said to fans, “We will bring him back.” Six times, he told them not to worry about Green leaving.
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