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Western Notes: Green, Stockton, Grizzlies

Draymond Green offered an ominous comment for Warriors fans to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, saying he wants to savor the feeling of being a part of a fun, winning team while it lasts. Green, who’s set for restricted free agency this summer, is the only member of the team’s core who isn’t signed through at least next season, as Washburn points out.

“I’ve said it multiple times this year, we know how good we are,” Green said. “We’re having so much fun. It’s a fun group to be around. It’s easy to capitalize on this, when you enjoy being around the people you’re around every day. This is a special group, a special bond, so let’s make the best of it, because this team will probably never be together again. That’s just the nature of this business. One addition, one subtraction, and the team isn’t together no more. So take advantage of it while you’ve got it because I’m sure this team will never be together again. It’s a fun time. One of the funnest times of my life. Live in the moment.”

Golden State executives have given plenty of signals that they intend to match any offer for Green, who reportedly has interest in signing an offer sheet with the Pistons. So, it’s ultimately up to the Warriors to decide if he comes back, though his price may prompt the team to let someone else go. Here’s more from around the Western Conference:

  • The Kings have decided against signing David Stockton to another 10-day contract, tweets James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom. Sacramento’s deal with Stockton, son of Hall-of-Famer John Stockton, expired Sunday.
  • The three-year contract that JaMychal Green reportedly agreed to sign with the Grizzlies will include partially guaranteed salary that extends beyond this season, a source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link).
  • Nuggets players didn’t seem to give coach Brian Shaw much of an endorsement when they broke a huddle with a “six weeks” chant Friday, but Shaw today told reporters, including Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, that it wasn’t a reference to the time left in the season. They were instead talking about the weeks that had elapsed since the team’s last win at home, Shaw said.
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2 thoughts on “Western Notes: Green, Stockton, Grizzlies

  1. Randolph_Knackstedt

    Not sure how Green’s comments qualify as “ominous.” He’s just enjoying the moment and the groups of guys he’s surrounded with. It’s the best start in Warriors franchise history and it might never happen again. And the team will be different next season whether retirement, trades, free agent signings, injuries. What Green stated is just the realities of the NBA and pretty much all professional sports. Never did I get the impression he might sign elsewhere.

    • HoopsRumors

      Fair point. In any case, I don’t think Green’s going anywhere next year, either. Where he plays next season is ultimately up to the Warriors, and I do think they’d match any offer, even one for the max. Whether the Warriors decide to save money by dealing someone else is another matter, of course.


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