Draymond vents about new CBA: 'It's not about me'

Draymond vents about new CBA: 'It's not about me'

OAKLAND – Draymond Green spent about 15 minutes Thursday expressing displeasure with the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement and advocating for a more equitable distribution of revenue to better benefit those at the lower end of the league’s salary structure.

Which is where Green, a second-round draft pick, could be found prior to July 2015, when the Warriors power forward signed a five-year contract worth $82 million.

“When I look at my career, I didn’t expect to be at his level I’m at,” Green said after. “I identify more with those guys that have not made it to the level that I’ve been fortunate enough to make it to. So when I think of contract negotiations and the CBA, I think of them and how can we help them? How can we help the guys that aren’t making as much, make more?”

Though Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala are members of the National Basketball Players Association executive committee, neither was available Thursday morning. Green, the Warriors’ NBPA representative, had plenty to say about the tentative deal, announced jointly Wednesday night by the NBA and the NBPA.

Conceding that he still is reading through the information he received Wednesday night, Green waved off discussing the basketball-related income (BRI) split between owners and players. His concern is less about player-owner than player-player.

“It’s not about me,” he said. “I am by no means mad about my salary. I’m blessed. I get to play the game that I love for a living, and make a lot of money doing it. So to sit here and act like I’m mad at what I make is completely off . . . it’s not about me that I’m mad about.

“When I look at these things, I look at a guy like an Ian Clark or James Michael McAdoo.”

Clark and McAdoo, Warriors reserves, are making roughly $1 million each this season. That’s fairly typical of what most teams pay younger backup players, as All-Star talents generally make north of $15 million per season.

“It’s not about me being mad for me,” Green said. “It’s about me being frustrated for other guys. When we go in these negotiations, guys are overlooked. It’s more about helping these guys.”

The average salary is expected to nearly double, from $5 million to around $9 million. Also to be boosted are minimum-salary deals, rookie-scale contracts and some free-agent exceptions, including the midlevel, also will bump upward.

In addition, roster sizes reportedly will go from 15 to 17, with two spots reserved for players on “two-way” deals, allowing an NBA-level salary and a D-League salary, based on the players status at a given time.

Still, it needs to be better, according to Green.

“I’ll be OK,” Green said. “It’s about helping everybody else. That’s what means more to me than anything. How do you help the next guy up? How do you help put someone else in a better situation? And when you’re in position to do that, you use your voice. You use your platform to help.”

Andre Iguodala describes how Warriors have no budget when they travel


Andre Iguodala describes how Warriors have no budget when they travel

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Andre Iguodala entered the league as the ninth overall pick in the 2004 draft. He has played for three franchises -- Philadelphia, Denver and Golden State.

The soon-to-be 35-year old (his birthday is Jan. 28) knows a thing or two about life in the NBA, and understands how great he has it playing for the Warriors.

"I tell the guys -- I came into the NBA 15 years ago, and we've always had good planes. But the Warriors are pretty special," Iguodala explained on the Christopher Lochhead Podcast. "We always tell the young guys, our rookies -- 'Listen, this isn't the real NBA. The Warriors -- this isn't real. This is kind of like a fantasy land.'

"We're a step above a good team. When I was in Philly, I would talk to our travel guy and he'd be like, 'We got a budget.' Teams have budgets and some teams are really cheap. He'd be like, 'Listen, we got a budget so we can stay in good hotels in certain cities but other cities we can't stay in the hotels that are as good.'

"This was his idea: We stay in good hotels in good cities and bad hotels in the bad cities, because what difference does it make if you're in a bad city? Good point, so that's how we did it. But we had to budget all that out.

"But with the Warriors, there's no such thing. Everything -- whatever is the best we can find. And then we actually have food set up everywhere we go with the Warriors. When we get in somewhere, there's a restaurant reserved for us. Order whatever you want, it's all set up.

"The next day for the games, there's a whole spread after shootaround set up for you, and then after home games there's food set up. We get breakfast and lunch before and after practice. Chefs come in and cook for you."

That sounds pretty wonderful and I should probably just take Golden State's 15th roster spot that remains open.

Over the last couple of years, we have heard Joe Lacob talk about making sure the players have the best resources available to them and that it is paramount for the front office/ownership to create the best work environment possible. It certainly sounds like that is the case.

(There's a "light years" joke that could go here, but we will refrain)

As for Iguodala, -- he needs top-flight food options because he has many restrictions.

"I'm on a certain diet -- no gluten, vegan -- not 100 percent. I'm getting there, but not 100 percent," the 2015 Finals MVP explained. "Chick-fil-A is killing me. I have Chick-fil-A like once a month, maybe twice a month. But 90 percent of the time, it's vegan."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

For Kevin Durant, it's 'an honor' to take the court with Steph Curry

For Kevin Durant, it's 'an honor' to take the court with Steph Curry

Programming note: Watch Wednesday's Warriors-Jazz game streaming live at 6 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.

Some milestones were hit on Monday night at Oracle Arena.

Steph Curry joined the "15,000 career points club" and Kevin Durant passed Larry Bird for 33rd on the NBA's all-time scoring list. After the win over Memphis, Durant was asked what it's like to take the floor with the two-time MVP on a nightly basis.

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"It's more exciting just to see him come to work every day and work on his game," the reigning two-time Finals MVP told reporters. "I don't want to take what he does on the court for granted, but I'm just a sucker for just watching guys while they work -- when the lights are lower than usual.

"And he's one of those guys that puts in the work every single day and produces. And you see it out on the floor."

Curry is currently averaging 28.8 points per game this season. If he stays at his current scoring pace for every game the rest of the way, he will end the year with 16,479 points. If he then averages 28.4 points per game over the next four seasons (assuming he averages 75 appearances), he would be at 24,999 points. There are currently 22 members of the 25,000 points fraternity.

For Durant -- he is also averaging 28.8 points per game and if that pace continues for all 82 games, he would end the campaign with 24,168 career points -- which would put him at No. 26 all-time.

To become just the 8th NBA player to ever hit 30,000 points, Durant would need to average "only" 26 points per game (assuming he averages 75 appearances) over the subsequent three seasons. He would then enter the 2022-23 season having just turned 34 years old, and be in prime position to vault into the Top 3 before it's all said and done.

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But that converation is still years away. Back to the present where Durant is humbled to call Curry his teammate:

"Fifteen thousand is something that I'm sure he expected out of himself once he came into the league," Durant added. "But to actually accomplish it shows how hard he works; how much he's dedicated and how much he loves the game.

"That shines bright every single night he plays, so it's just an honor to take the court with him."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller