Not re-signing Draymond Green would be an unmitigated disaster for Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors Draymond Green (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Golden State Warriors need to re-sign Draymond Green if they want a chance to win the franchise’s eighth ring and fifth of the last decade.

With Bob Meyers, the mastermind behind forming the Golden State Warriors dynasty, recently stepping away from the organization, it’s leaving doubts if the Warriors will remain competitive or fade into mediocrity for years to come. What will be a major indicator of the Warriors’ future – perhaps more than Meyers’ absence – is Draymond Green’s pending free agency.

With Green opting out of his $27.6 million player option and therefore pursuing the open market, it’s essential that the Warriors bring Green back if they want to remain competitive.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr even acknowledged that fact himself.

Since being drafted 35th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, Green has been a member of the Warriors. The four-time All-Star and 2016-17 DPOY has been there for all four rings that the Warriors have captured in the last nine years. While Stephen Curry is the team’s undisputable best player, Green – the ultimate ceiling lifter – is the core and engine that keeps them going.

The front office’s number one priority must be to have Green in a Warriors jersey to kick off the 2023-24 season.

There are rumors about the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Miami Heat all having plans to pursue Green. He would help any team that he goes to, yes, but it’s the Warriors who need Green more than any other team in the league.

Let’s take a look at his game on both sides of the ball.