Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Monday that the team had been in talks to keep Draymond Green on the team since last offseason, so he’s “thrilled” that the power forward signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Dubs.
“I’ve been talking to Bob [Myers] about it and Draymond and I’m thrilled for him, nobody deserves it more,” Kerr told reporters at USA Basketball’s men’s national team training camp in Las Vegas.
It’s been a whirlwind offseason for the Warriors. They’ve lost two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and veteran players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, causing many to speculate that the Dubs’ dynasty years are over.
So when talking about Green deciding to stay with the team, Kerr made sure to speak on the fact that the Warriors have their original star trio of Green, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry signed at least through 2022. That’s when Curry’s $201 million, five-year contract is up.
“I’m just excited that we’ve got Draymond, Steph, Klay, guys, you know, who’ve been the core of this thing at the center along with Andre, Shaun Livingston and Kevin who have all departed,” Kerr said.
“But the three guys…of the main guys who have been here since the beginning, to have them locked up, so that we can transition into the next era is really critical,” he continued. “So I’m really thrilled Draymond is back on the team.”
Kerr was asked if the Warriors’ personnel strategy with Green, Thompson and Curry is similar to the San Antonio Spurs’ past strategy of maintaining a core of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker and building around them. Kerr, who played with the Spurs before he retired from the NBA in 2003, is a close friend of and assistant coach on the USA Basketball’s men’s national team, which is coached by Gregg Poppovich, the head coach of the Spurs.
“I think you have to do that if you have special players who not only are great, talented players, but are foundational people who you can build around, who set a culture, who establish a mindset,” Kerr said.
“So this summer was painful in many ways, losing the guys that we did, and reassuring, in the sense that we brought back some key guys who are going to help us get to that next era, whatever that looks like.”
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