Mary Babers-Green, the mother of Draymond Green, reiterated that her son likes playing in Golden State and that where she lives won’t be a major factor in his decision, Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal writes.
“I want him to stay in the place that will be the most productive for his career, and I want what makes him happy,” said Babers-Green, who lives about 70 miles away from Detroit. “The Bay loves Dray, and Dray loves the Bay. I’ve got NBA TV.”
It was previously reported that the 25-year-old had “significant interest” in signing an offer sheet with the Pistons this summer. President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy hinted that Detroit was interested in signing the Michigan State product. However, GM Bob Myers made it clear that Green is in the Warriors’ long-term plans and the team intends to match any offer sheet he signs. “We really like him,” Myers said. “We believe he’s a core member of our team and we believe he’s a big part of our future.”
As Draymond Green and the Warriors take on the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, here’s more from Golden State:
- Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders believes Green could command a maximum salary contract this offseason. Nearly two-thirds of Hoops Rumors readers who voted in my poll earlier this season do not believe Green is worth the max.
- Retaining Klay Thompson and hiring coach Steve Kerr were the two moves that allowed the Warriors to reach their level of success this season, Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com opines. Myers won executive of the year after the team’s 67 win campaign. Last month, I examined the transactions that Myers made in order to put a championship contender on the floor and Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors documented the former agent’s draft history in Golden State.
- Andre Iguodala accepted a reserve role for the Warriors this season, but the guard still tries to have the same mentality as he did when he was a starter, Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group writes. “You try to do the same; you try to be on the attack at all times. It’s a little bit of a different dynamic with the role and everything, but you still want to be an impact player,” the Arizona product said. Iguodala made slightly less than $12.3MM this season, which is the second highest salary of any non-starter in the league, behind teammate David Lee, who made slightly more than $15MM.