1. Draymond staying in Golden State
There was a bit of nervousness in San Francisco when Draymond Green declined his player option and became an unrestricted free agent. Fans panicked a bit more when the Kings traded the 24th overall pick and Richaun Holmes to Dallas on draft night to create some cap space. In the end, it was all for no reason as the Warriors re-signed Green on a four-year $100 million deal.
The 6’6 forward is the heart and soul of the Dubs, and they figure to be in title contention for the foreseeable future. They will be over the second tax apron, but Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Green are all locked in through 2026. Klay Thompson is entering the final year of his contract, and both sides want to get an extension done. The Warriors are going to let the dynasty contend for as long as they are capable.
Green will be the Warriors’ defensive anchor again next season. If they are healthy, Golden State will be back in the playoffs with a shot at a fifth championship in ten years. Jordan Poole was traded to Washington, but the Dubs have Chris Paul to lead their second unit. With Green locked in, no team wants to face them in the postseason.
The San Antonio Spurs plan on taking a step forward in year one with Victor Wembanyama, but the Western Conference is more difficult after free agency. How far can they climb? Stay tuned to find out.