SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Three-time NBA champion Draymond Green (pic below) has agreed to a four-year maximum contract extension with the Golden State Warriors, linking him to the club until mid-2024, ESPN reported last Saturday.
The 29-year-old power forward, an emotional leader as well as a versatile playmaker, was set to become a free agent next July but will stay with the Warriors, his agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN.
Green’s remaining contract now goes for five years and pays USD118 million.
Green provides inside power and rebounding that helps provide room for three-point sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to maximise their outside shooting skills.
After helping the Warriors win the 2015 NBA crown, he combined with All-Star centre Kevin Durant on a formidable Warriors’ dynasty lineup that brought titles in 2017 and 2018 before Durant was hurt in the 2019 playoffs and Golden State lost the NBA Finals in June to the Toronto Raptors.
Green, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, has been on the NBA’s All-Defensive first or second team for five consecutive seasons.