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February 25, 2015 Updates

Joe Lacob on re-signing Draymond Green: “I have to be careful, because the NBA has a rule now, can’t make claims like, ‘Don’t go after Draymond.’ All I will say is if you know us, we’re really trying to build around our draft. We really have been very good at a few drafts. And our core of young players is what we need to build around. We’re very fortunate. We have what everybody wants now. Steph, 26, Klay, 24, Draymond, 25, Harrison, 22. Four key great young talents that are really at the core of what we’re doing, obviously supplemented by the Boguts and Lees and the guys who are a little older. "It would take a lot to not sign our core players. Does that answer your question?” Sports Illustrated

February 23, 2015 Updates

Still, Green is the heart of the defense, banging and bodying and talking trash (Tim Duncan is the only forward Green says he won’t jaw with, partly out of respect and partly because, “You say something to Timmy, he just look at you with that Timmy face like, ‘Wow, you’re talking to me!’”). And yet, Green disappoints himself daily. “I feel like each possession is a battle and you never want to lose a battle,” Green explains after a recent practice. “And if somebody scores on me, it really bothers me. It doesn’t make me feel any better if it’s Kevin Durant and he hits those shots on everybody. Well, I’m not everybody.” Green leans forward, getting fired up. “People say, ‘That’s great offense, there’s nothing else you can do.’ No, I could have done something else, because he scored.” Sports Illustrated

February 20, 2015 Updates

Green will become a restricted free agent this summer and might have an eye on his home state Detroit Pistons, according to a report on Yahoo Sports. NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski cited league sources as saying Green has “significant interest” in pursuing an offer sheet with the Pistons. “It doesn’t mean anything,” Kerr said after his team’s practice in Oakland. “Last time I checked, he’s restricted.” San Francisco Chronicle

Not surprisingly, Green showed little interest in sharing his thoughts on his impending free agency. “I have an agent who gets a percentage of what I sign for, so you can call and ask him about it,” he said. “My focus is this team.” Asked about the process, Green replied, “I don’t know much about restricted free agency. If you sign an offer sheet, then the Warriors can match it in 72 hours. That’s about all I know. … And we’ve got the Spurs coming in here.” San Francisco Chronicle

February 19, 2015 Updates

But Green said his focus for now is on the Warriors' season. "I'm in a position right now where we're 42-9," he said. "I'm on a great team, a great coaching staff, a great organization. Like I've said all along, I'll be doing myself a disservice to not enjoy what's going on right now. This is a special group that I'm playing with. I think we can make special things happen this year. "So for me to sit and worry, 'Oh, can I sign with the Pistons? Or can I do this or do that?' I'd be living wrong. I'd be not enjoying what there is to enjoy." San Jose Mercury-News

February 18, 2015 Updates

He is aware that, when he plays for other teams over the course of the year, they’re not just looking at him as an opponent but as a potential future employee. He is aware that his first NBA contract—three years, $2.5 million—will be dwarfed by his next contract. “I know I am a free agent,” Green told Sporting News. “Everyone knows it. But I can honestly say I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it.” Sporting News

At the same time, the Warriors are determined not to let their second-round find get away. According to sources, the team had been expecting the price tag for Green to start in the $8-9 million range. But because there is a surplus of cap space, an impending boost coming from the NBA’s new TV deal and the stock rise that has come with Green’s improved output, the Warriors are resigned to the fact that Green will get a bigger offer, and that the team might have to go over the luxury tax for a year to keep Green. Team owner Joe Lacob has long said he’d be willing to pay the tax—if the team is winning. The length of the Warriors’ playoff run this spring, then, could have a significant impact on how high Golden State is willing to go to keep Green. Sporting News

February 17, 2015 Updates
February 11, 2015 Updates

After leading Golden State to the team’s 40th victory against New York on Saturday, Green discussed his breakout season and upcoming free agency with SheridanHoops. “I worried about that (contract) in the preseason and then I said I’m going to put that behind me no matter if I’m going to sit and worry about playing good for a contract year or not,” Green told SheridanHoops. “It’s still not going to happen until July 1, so why worry about it? It’s a great team, a fun team to be around and a fun team to play with. I wouldn’t be doing myself any justice worrying about what’s going to happen then. [I’m] focusing on this season, trying to win an NBA championship. Obviously playing well in a contract year is always great, but that’s not my focus at all.” SheridanHoops

February 10, 2015 Updates

After leading Golden State to the team’s 40th victory against New York on Saturday, Green discussed his breakout season and upcoming free agency with SheridanHoops. “I worried about that (contract) in the preseason and then I said I’m going to put that behind me no matter if I’m going to sit and worry about playing good for a contract year or not,” Green told SheridanHoops. “It’s still not going to happen until July 1, so why worry about it? It’s a great team, a fun team to be around and a fun team to play with. I wouldn’t be doing myself any justice worrying about what’s going to happen then. [I’m] focusing on this season, trying to win an NBA championship. Obviously playing well in a contract year is always great, but that’s not my focus at all.” SheridanHoops

February 9, 2015 Updates

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