Warriors

Warriors

Editor's note: The Warriors' roster looks completely different than it did at this time last year. Golden State enters a new era at Chase Center with an injured Klay Thompson and without dynasty mainstays Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. As the Warriors' offseason goes on, we'll do a profile on every player on the revamped roster. Monday's edition focuses on Draymond Green.

Contract

One-year, $18 million (four-year, $100 million extension starts 2020-21 season) 

Last season

Draymond Green struggled to stay on the floor, missing 16 games in the regular season, nursing toe, knee and ankle injuries. He shot just 28 percent from 3-point range, averaging just 7.4 points per game and posting a career-low 106.0 defensive rating. Weeks before the playoffs, he had to lose over 20 pounds at the request of Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

However, Green -- after dropping the weight -- improved in the postseason, averaging 13.7 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, even as Kevin Durant missed nine games with a calf injury, to help the Warriors reach their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. 

Still, Green's season was defined by an on-court argument with Durant during an overtime loss to the LA Clippers that attacked Durant's looming free-agency decision. While Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets, Green maintained that the relationship has been repaired. 

"Me and Kevin been had a great relationship," Green said in May. "We had the moment we had in November, but I don't have any close friends that I haven't gotten into it with in a major way. I've gotten into with my brother -- my blood brother -- in a major way. That's just what it is, but tough times build character, and that's what I've done."  

 

Outlook

With a fresh four-year, $100 million extension, Green is slated to be with Golden State long term as the team looks to extend its championship window. 

The task promises to be challenging as the Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for the majority of the 2019-20 season as he rehabs a torn ACL, while adjusting to a roster containing eight new players. 

Green, like the rest of his teammates, won't concede next season. About an hour after they were eliminated from the Finals, Green told anyone within an earshot it wouldn't be smart to declare the dynasty dead. 

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"I think everybody thinks it's kind of the end of us," Green said. "But that's just not smart. We're not done yet. We lost this year. Clearly just wasn't our year, but that's how the cookie crumbles sometimes. But, yeah, I hear a lot of that noise, it's the end of a run and all that jazz. I don't see it happening though.

"We'll be back."