Warriors Notes: Green, Thompson, Financials

During exit interviews, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave his most in-depth response when asked about where the franchise stands with Draymond Green, who was given a lengthy suspension this season after striking Suns center Jusuf Nurkic. According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Kerr was emphatic that the franchise was going to support Green while establishing clear boundaries on his behavior going forward after two separate suspensions this year.

He punched Jordan [Poole]. He grabbed Rudy Gobert by the neck. He flailed at [Nurkic]. That stuff, just by basic laws of society, basic norms, you can’t do that, right? So at that point, you know, when the league suspended him, it was the best thing to happen to Draymond,” Kerr said. “His career was on the line. It is on the line every day.

The Warriors went 26-14 after Green’s second suspension with him in the lineup, securing a play-in appearance at 46-36.

As someone who loves Draymond and values him so much, I am going to continue to help him any way that I can to live his best life, to be the best version of himself, which he really was for the last two months,” Kerr said. “I’ll be really honest, during the suspension, I was sitting there, like, ‘Can he actually get a few sessions of therapy and change? I don’t think that’s possible.’

But whatever he did over the last three months, he was the best version of himself, not just on the court, in the locker room, leading the young guys. His teammates would all tell you how great he was.

According to Slater, general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. said he couldn’t imagine a scenario where Green isn’t back on the team next season. He’s under contract for three more years after re-signing with the franchise last offseason.

Draymond’s complex. His relationship with our franchise is complex,” Kerr said. “But at the core of it is a deep loyalty and passion and love, and we share that with him. That’s really tricky to reconcile. You almost don’t even try to reconcile it. You help him through it and you make sure he’s the best version of himself and you keep pushing.

We have more Warriors notes:

  • Former Warriors general manager Bob Myers weighed in on Klay Thompson‘s impending free agency, stating that he believes Thompson wants to remain with Golden State, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jordan Elliott writes. Myers also said that Thompson will stay if he’s feels he’s appreciated and paid appropriately. For what it’s worth, Dunleavy backed up what Kerr, Green and Stephen Curry said on Wednesday, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area writes. “Look, everybody wants Klay back,” Dunleavy said. In a similar article, Kendra Andrews of ESPN explores why the Warriors value continuity.
  • As we noted on Wednesday, Thompson’s priority is to return to Golden State. Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show (YouTube link), ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says he doesn’t think the Warriors want to break up their “Big Three” and that Thompson will take a pay cut to stay. However, Windhorst questions how the Warriors can improve without spending upward of $400MM on the roster.
  • While Windhorst says Thompson will take a pay cut, ESPN’s Zach Lowe says Thompson will draw interest around the league (Apple Podcast link). According to Lowe, Thompson and the Warriors “took note” of Jrue Holiday‘s $135MM extension with the Celtics. Thompson likely won’t be in line for that sort of payday, but he’s only a few months older than Holiday.
  • Speaking in his exit press conference, Dunleavy expressed disappointment to be out of the playoffs and stressed that he’s under no directive to duck the luxury tax as he builds on the roster this offseason (Twitter links via The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II and Anthony Slater). However, Dunleavy added that it’s unreasonable to pay $400MM for a roster that didn’t make the playoffs.
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