HoopsHype Draymond Green rumors

December 19, 2014 Updates

And then there is Green’s ears perking up when something is said about him that he doesn’t particularly like. For instance, Avery Johnson on SportsCenter after the Warriors lost at Memphis had words that Green remembers. “Funny guy,” Green said of Johnson. “Funny guy. Jalen Rose is a funny guy, too. “It’s funny to me. They just keep lighting that fuel and adding more fuel to the fire.” Rose, who played at Michigan and rival school of Green’s alma mater Michigan State, said earlier this month while largely praising Green that, “Draymond Green I don’t think he would be in the league if he wasn’t in the right place at the right time and get developed.” Contra Costa Times

December 16, 2014 Updates

Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham said he spoke to NBA officials and said the league is investigating two separate second-quarter incidents involving him in Sunday’s game against Golden State. Both Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green were struck in their face inadvertently by Cunningham on two separate plays. Barnes suffered a nasal fracture, a chipped tooth and had a mouth laceration that required stitches. He did not return after he left the game holding a towel to his mouth with 10:29 remaining in the second quarter. Green suffered a bloody nose after catching Cunningham’s elbow just before halftime. However, he returned to play in the second half to help spark the Warriors to a 128-122 overtime victory that extended their winning streak to 16 consecutive games. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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“Who better than him…at the point guard spot,” Green said. “I don’t know someone that’s better than him, so I definitely think he’s taken over that top spot at the point guard spot. Obviously, with winning comes accolades, so we keep continuing to win, all that stuff will take care of itself.” “He’ll be an All-Star. He’ll be all that stuff. You continue to win games, and those wins add up, it’ll be hard to deny him the MVP.” Contra Costa Times

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League sources estimated that Draymond Green, a restricted free agent next summer, is in line for a hefty raise from the $915,000 he's making this season. With eight-figure deals already guaranteed for next season to five players—Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson—the prudence of putting Green in the same neighborhood would be questionable, if not prohibitive. Bleacher Report

"You could make the argument that his value is somewhat like Taj Gibson's is to the Bulls right now," one NBA talent scout said. "He is seen as a part of the Warriors' main core. His value is very similar to that of Tayshaun Prince on Detroit's championship team. He will end up getting approximately $8 million per year in free agency based on similar comparables." Bleacher Report

Green is aware he's made himself an important part of the Warriors, and he has a windfall coming. "It'd be a lie to say I don't think about it," he said. "But I don't try to do anything different. If I did, everything is going to go wrong because I would be focusing on the wrong thing. I'd be stressed all year. Stress equals bad performances, which then would equal no contract. I really love it here. It's all I know about this league. As far as the money working out, if they want me to stay here, I know there's a way to keep me here." Bleacher Report

November 7, 2014 Updates

Green scored a career-high 24 points in a 121-104 win Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers that improved the Warriors' record to 4-0. Lee made his season debut in the game but left in the second quarter after aggravating his strained left hamstring. He will not play in this weekend's road games at Houston and Phoenix. "I enjoy starting," Green said Thursday. "I'm not going to lie. "But I'm always willing to do what I can do to help this team win. I mean, if Andre Iguodala can take a back seat and take a spot on the bench after starting (806) games in a row, who am I to sit here and say, 'I've got to continue starting because we're 4-0?' That's absurd." Contra Costa Times

Television cameras caught the moment from an angle that made it appear as if Green was sticking his tongue out at Griffin, Green said. Even teammate Festus Ezeli posted the screen grab of the moment, writing on Instagram, “Talk to Em DayDay.” “Man, that was all over my Instagram, my Twitter,” Green said, smiling. “I wasn’t even looking at him. JO was giving me the (scrunched) face like that, and if you watch the video, I’m already looking that way. And then Blake came running into the screen, and the closer we got to each other, it looked like I was doing that to him. But I wasn’t doing that to him. That’s why he never looked at it because he knew…It’s funny.” Contra Costa Times

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