Report: Draymond will turn down extension offer from Warriors

Report: Draymond will turn down extension offer from Warriors

Draymond Green is under contract for two more seasons.

But as Joe Lacob told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne last Friday night:

"We're going to try to sign Klay and Draymond to extensions this summer. They've earned the right to do whatever they want; maybe they want to wait until free agency. I can't control that. But we'll do whatever we can to keep them."

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Well, Draymond will turn down the extension, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Draymond is slated to make about $17.5 million in 2018-19 and about $18.5 million in 2019-20.

A potential three-year extension would start in 2020-21 at a salary that is 20 percent higher than $18.5 million -- which is around 22.2 million.

When you factor in raises for the subsequent two seasons, the extension would be worth about $72 million total.

So why won't Draymond add three years to his current deal?

Because next season, if he is named MVP (not going to happen), or Defensive Player of the Year (definitely possible), or makes an All-NBA team (definitely possible), he would become eligible for the same "super max" contract Steph Curry signed last summer.

While it's highly unlikely that the Warriors would give that deal to Draymond, the two sides could agree to an extension next summer that is worth more than what the three-time All-Star could make on an extension this summer.

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Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins brings turkeys, smiles to Oakland neighborhood


Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins brings turkeys, smiles to Oakland neighborhood

Negativity has swirled around the Warriors for the past week, so it's time for some positive news.

Enter DeMarcus Cousins, who visited the Lower Bottoms neighborhood in Oakland on Tuesday to give Thanksgiving turkeys to local families.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we'll just let you check out the smiles on these faces.

Say what you will about Boogie, but he's always been community-minded, dating to his start with the Kings.

The Warriors hope Cousins can be on the court by January, where he'll likely bring more smiles on the court with thunderous dunks and authoritative rebounds. Until then, though, it's great to see him helping the community.

Why Andre Iguodala will keep starting at point guard for Warriors

Why Andre Iguodala will keep starting at point guard for Warriors

OAKLAND – Though the Warriors are considering reinserting Quinn Cook as the starting point guard in Stephen Curry’s absence, don’t look for it to happen Wednesday night.

That’s when the Warriors face the Oklahoma City Thunder and, to be specific, the dynamo that is Russell Westbrook.

The likeliest defensive matchup for Westbrook is shooting guard Klay Thompson, who generally gets that assignment. Expect Andre Iguodala to make his fourth consecutive start at point guard. He’ll likely match up with guards Hamidou Diallo or Dennis Schroder.

With Thompson and Kevin Durant struggling to score, it’s becoming apparent the Warriors would benefit if Iguodala can deliver more than the 5.7 points he averaged since supplanting Cook last week in Houston.

Iguodala seems to sense the need.

“I’ve been feeling really good, actually,” Iguodala said after practice Tuesday. “Even my shot is feeling good. Even my misses have felt really good. I’m just in a good place right now. I’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive offensively in finding that good balance in playing with the starting unit.”

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While players and coaches alike realize Cook has been the team’s most reliable scoring option since Curry went down, the Warriors don’t want to throw Cook to the tiger that is Westbrook.

Cook started at point guard in the first three games without Curry, but came off the bench in the last three.

In the three games he started, Cook averaged 17.3 points on 53.7-percent shooting, including 40 percent from beyond the arc, in 28.7 minutes per game.

Coming off the bench the last three games, Cook averaged 14.0 points on 56.6-percent shooting, including 53.8 percent from deep, and 25 minutes.

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With the Portland Trail Blazers' fabulous backcourt duo of Damian Lilliard and CJ McCollum coming up after Westbrook, Cook likely will come off the bench in that game, too.

With Curry out, the Warriors are struggling to keep three deep shooters on the floor. Either Durant or Thompson must always be on the floor. That leaves Jonas Jerebko, two-way wing Damion Lee and Cook as the other options.

So Cook, no matter how well he is shooting, can expect to lead the second unit – at least until the Warriors face a backcourt that doesn’t offer such an imposing matchup.