Amick: Draymond Green Could Leave Warriors In 2020

Green will reportedly sign Rich Paul as his agent, which might not be great news for Warriors fans

Reiter Than You
February 25, 2019 - 8:58 pm
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Draymond Green will reportedly sign Rich Paul as his agent, and if you’re a Warriors fan, well, that’s not good.

“We got to learn from the AD situation,” The Athletic NBA writer Sam Amick said on Reiter Than You. “Anthony Davis went out and got Rich, and everybody said, ‘Well, that probably is not a good sign for the Pelicans,’ and sure enough, it wasn’t.”

It might not be good for the Warriors, either, especially after the organization fined Green $120,000 in November following a verbal confrontation with Kevin Durant

“The Warriors end up not only deciding to take a game paycheck away from Draymond, but to do publicly – they did not even attempt to do it privately,” Amick said. “They made it a very quasi-personal type of thing, and part of me thinks he’s not ever going to forget that. He was very upset at the time.”

It’s possible he’s still upset now. Green, who turns 29 in March, is averaging 7.1 points per game – his lowest since 2013-14. In fact, many of his numbers are down almost across the board this season.

“He’s going to be a free agent in 2020 in a very weak free agency class,” Amick said. “So even if there were no issues with your current team, it would behoove you to get as much kind of juice in your corner as possible and take advantage of that market.”

But when there could be issues with your current team, Green’s decision might make even more sense.

“I think in the back of his mind, he probably knows that whenever negotiating time happens with the Warriors – which could be this summer on an extension – I just don’t think he’s at that point of his career anymore where they’re going to be talking about max money,” Amick said. “If that’s the case, he’s going to try to get max money somewhere else, and I think the Rich move is all tied in to all that stuff.”