Warriors' Steph Curry believes Draymond Green deserves contract extension

  • In Sports
  • 2019-07-14 19:52:54Z
  • By NBC Sports BayArea

Much will be asked of Steph Curry next season, perhaps more than any other season thus far in his decorated career.

Kevin Durant is gone. Klay Thompson is injured. Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston aren't around any longer.

The Warriors did their best to retool on the fly this offseason, and general manager Bob Myers was successful in many respects. He re-signed Kevon Looney to a three-year contract, turned Durant's departure into a sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell and added depth through high-ceiling, low-risk free agents and draft picks.

But even with all that, a lot is going to fall on Curry's shoulders. It's with that understanding that the two-time MVP knows he and the Dubs need Draymond Green -- who is due to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason -- perhaps now more than ever.

"I feel like he's proven how valuable he is to a championship team and can find ways to get even better," Curry said of Green to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. "They know what's up."

The 'they' Curry refers to is the Warriors' front office -- Myers & Co. -- whose next major battleground will be the negotiations with Green's camp, which are sure to be complex. A three-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year, Green wants to be paid like one of the pillars of a championship team, as he has proven to be several times over. The Warriors certainly want to keep Green in Golden State, but his age, size and projected longevity all will be factored into what they're comfortable offering.

Curry, naturally, thinks Green is worth whatever it takes, and this isn't the first time he's campaigned for his longtime friend and teammate.

"Back in 2015, when Green was due a contract extension," Thompson recalled, "Curry would, in the middle of the game when Green made a play, catch the attention of Warriors co-chairman Joe Lacob and tell him to 'pay that man.'"

Given the current state of the Warriors' renovated roster, Green -- much like Curry -- will have to expand his game in order for Golden State to be successful. If he's able to do so -- and hold Lacob's attention in the process -- you can be sure Curry will be back out on the mid-game campaign trail.

[RELATED: Steph on possibility of using load management: 'Hell nah']

It's just one more thing that will fall on Curry's ever-growing plate next season.

Warriors' Steph Curry believes Draymond Green deserves contract extension originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area


More Related News

Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five
Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

When Stephen Curry's career is all said and done, there's a good chance many of the current younger generations of NBA fans will include him in their all-time starting five. On the most recent episode of Showtime's "All the Smoke" with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Curry was asked which five players he would nominate for that lofty designation, and it's pretty tough to disagree with his selections. It's worth noting that Curry didn't include LeBron James on his list.

Klay Thompson returns to his roots in Pullman on
Klay Thompson returns to his roots in Pullman on 'Our Stories' quick look

Three-time NBA champion Klay Thompson returned to Pullman Jan. 17 and 18 for an emotional jersey retirement of his No. 1 crimson and gray threads. The moment was special for Thompson, who describes walking through the halls and seeing the community again. See more from Thompson's unforgettable return to Pullman during the debut of "Our Stories" on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.

Stephen Curry Buys $8 Million Condo Near the New Golden State Warriors Stadium
Stephen Curry Buys $8 Million Condo Near the New Golden State Warriors Stadium

Stephen Curry is cutting down his commute time. The Golden State Warriors star and his wife, lifestyle entrepreneur Ayesha Curry, have purchased a nearly $8 million luxury condo in the new Four Seasons Private Residences in San Francisco, according to reports. They likely chose the 2,800-square-foot unit for its convenient location, given that Curry's NBA team recently moved their headquarters from Oakland to the new Chase Center in San Francisco, which is just under two miles away from the Four Seasons Residences.

Four teams that are Warriors
Four teams that are Warriors' ideal trade partners before NBA deadline

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. The NBA trade deadline is looming, and the Warriors have long been rumored to be "sellers," looking to send away assets in order to shed money and potentially receive compensation in the form of future draft picks. For quite some time, many have speculated that Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III and Willie Cauley-Stein could be the most susceptible to be traded, as all of them could be rotation pieces for contending teams that are looking to upgrades their benches.

Warriors' frustrations bubbling to surface after team reaches new low

SAN FRANCISCO -- The hope is that Stephen Curry returns sometime after the All-Star break and, even before he has a chance to shoot holes through a defense, gives the Warriors a few elements they desperately need. Meanwhile, the Warriors are facing the stiff headwinds that blow during the dog days of January. In the course of being thrashed, 129-96, by the Utah Jazz, there were too many moments when the despair was profoundly evident.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Sports