There were rumblings of Kevin Durant leaving the Golden State Warriors well before last season began, but Kendrick Perkins believes the team had a solid chance to re-sign him right up until the incident between Durant and Draymond Green.
Perkins, who played with Durant in Oklahoma City, spoke about the relationship between Durant and Green during an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” this week. Things came to a boil when Durant called out Green for not passing the ball near the end of an eventual overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers back in November.
“I think, in my opinion, KD never bounced back from the Draymond situation. … The Warriors tried to clean it up by suspending Draymond,” Perkins said. “They suspended Draymond and then about two months later, the owner comes back out and says he wants Draymond there for life.”
Perkins said he has gotten into heated arguments with almost all of his teammates but they “never crossed the line” the way he feels Green did. It was reported at the time that Green told Durant the Warriors don’t need him and challenged him to leave in free agency. Perkins believes that was “the last straw” for Durant.
“It’s hard to overcome that,” Perkins said. “Those were some harsh words. … I think that was the last straw.”
A number of factors are believed to have played a role in Durant’s decision, and even his relationship with Stephen Curry may have been one of them. At the very least, the feud with Green didn’t help.
The Golden State Warriors are hoping to sign Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to five-year max contracts when free agency begins, and that may not be the end of their massive spending spree even if all goes to plan.
Draymond Green has one year remaining on his current deal with the Warriors, but he is eligible to sign a max extension this summer. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst report that Green is open to signing a new contract before he becomes a free agent, and the two sides are expected to discuss an extension later in the offseason.
In many ways, Green has been as important to Golden State’s success over the past several years as Durant, Thompson and Stephen Curry. He’s one of the best defenders in the NBA and has the ability to take over games when the aforementioned stars are struggling. That said, he is set to make $18 million next season and has been making less than that up to this point. A max contract for him would represent a significant raise.
The Warriors have Green’s Bird rights, so they can spend over the salary cap to re-sign him, which is what they have already done with Curry and are hoping to do with Thompson. Their luxury tax bill continues to grow to an unprecedented figure, but they are making more money than any team in the NBA and opening a brand new arena in San Francisco next season. As long as they keep winning, the Warriors are fine with spending huge.
Dennis Rodman is widely considered to be one of the best defensive NBA players of all time, but Draymond Green believes he is better on that side of the ball than the Chicago Bulls legend and anyone else who has ever played. Not surprisingly, Rodman finds that laughable.
In an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Friday, Rodman was asked one of the most popular hypothetical questions NBA fans pose, which is how today’s Golden State Warriors would stack up against Michael Jordan’s 1990s Bulls. Rodman confidently said Kevin Durant would “have a hard time” with Scottie Pippen and added that he would have no problem shutting down “that Green guy.”
“He’d be eating out of my hands,” Rodman said. “Keep getting your teeth straight, honey, and listen to your momma.”
For those who don’t get the reference, Green and his mother star in a commercial for the Smile Direct Club, and Rodman must be familiar with it.
It should be noted that Rodman went on to call Green a “great defender” and said he has plenty of respect for his game. However, he clearly feels the 1990s Bulls would have no problem taking down any of the Warriors teams from the past few seasons. He certainly isn’t the first prominent former NBA player to share that opinion.
Draymond Green called out a report for saying he was in New York over the weekend to recruit teammate Kevin Durant.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman published an article on Saturday saying Green had flown to New York to visit Durant, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. The article made it seem as if Green’s purpose for the trip was to recruit KD, who has been his teammate on the Golden State Warriors the last three seasons.
Green addressed the report in an Instagram comment, saying he was in New York for an engagement party.
The Post’s article even said Green had arrived in New York with his fiancee and kids — hardly the crowd you would expect someone to bring for a business trip. The article also seemed to frame Green’s trip as a repeat of 2016 when Green recruited Durant immediately after losing to the Cavaliers in Game 7. Warriors players were recruiting Durant all season, with Green leading the way, and their efforts paid off.
Durant has a player option for next season that he can decline to become a free agent. At least one other team is reportedly prepared to offer him a max contract despite his surgery.
Draymond Green has a message for anyone doubting the Golden State Warriors.
Green was asked after the Warriors lost Game 6 of the NBA Finals to lose the series how he thinks the team will do next season. That’s when he broke out the underdog speech.
“I think everybody thinks this is kind of the end of us. That’s just not smart. We’re not done yet,” Green said. “We lost this year. Clearly it just wasn’t our year. But, that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes.
“Yeah, I hear a lot of that news — ‘it’s the end of a run and all that jazz.’ I don’t see that happening though; we’ll be back.”
Green is used to being doubted, so maybe this is the motivation he needs.
But the questions surrounding the Warriors are legitimate. Kevin Durant has a ruptured Achilles that will likely keep him out for the season, and nobody knows if he will even return to to Golden State. On top of that, Klay Thompson ended the season with a knee injury.
The Warriors should not be doubted, but their future heading into next season does seem murky.
Draymond Green went Chris Webber at the end of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors had the ball with 9.6 seconds left down 111-110. They ran a play for Steph Curry, who missed a 3-point attempt. The ball was bouncing around and Draymond Green dived on it around midcourt. He tried to call a timeout as the clock was running out, but there was a problem: the Warriors didn’t have any timeouts left.
Golden State was assessed a technical foul over the error. That gave Toronto a technical free throw and possession.
Kawhi Leonard made his free throw. On their possession, there was a foul that put him back on the line. He made both his free throws to give the Raptors a 114-110 win for the championship.
Green was immediately hit with the Chris Webber comparisons because Webber infamously did the same thing to cost Michigan against North Carolina.
The difference between Webber and Green is that the Warriors really had no shot even if Green hadn’t tried to call the timeout. Time was running out, he was in a bad spot, and they really had no other options. Even Andre Iguodala and Quinn Cook also were motioning for a timeout.
Maybe that was justice for the officials missing Draymond’s goaltend earlier in the fourth quarter.
The officials in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night missed a goaltend by Draymond Green in the fourth quarter to give the Golden State Warriors the lead against the Toronto Raptors.
Shaun Livingston took a shot that was bouncing off the rim and put back by Green. The ball still was over the cylinder when Green touched it.
The officials missed the call, allowing Golden State to take a 95-94 lead with 6:52 left.
Green finished with yet another triple-double in the playoffs, his sixth this postseason.
Kyle Lowry didn’t completely brick the Toronto Raptors’ final shot in a 106-105 Game 5 loss because he’s an awful shooter. Rather, his shot missed so badly because it was deflected by Draymond Green.
A photo the SF Chronicle’s Scott Strazzante shows that Green got a finger on the ball.
Lowry confirmed after the 106-105 defeat that Green got a piece of the ball.
“It felt great out of my hands. (Green) got a piece of it. It’s what great defenders do,” Lowry said after the game.
Here’s a look at the buzzer-beating attempt that went behind the basket:
Lowry was roasted for missing the shot so badly but probably should not have been. The situation is reminiscent of what happened with Bears kicker Cody Parkey, who missed a field goal against the Eagles in the playoffs that would have won the game. It later turned out the kick was deflected.
Green is an elite defender and continues to prove it.
Draymond Green had an emotional outburst during Game 5 of the NBA Finals that led to him being called for a technical foul.
Green generally wears his emotions on his sleeve. However, he had been better in recent games keeping them in check as to not draw a whistle from the referees. That wasn’t the case on Monday with his Golden State Warriors facing elimination against the Toronto Raptors.
Earlier in the game, Green was called for a foul he did not agree with. After picking up a foul when Kyle Lowry went up for a shot in the second quarter, Green voiced his displeasure and reacted poorly, leading to a tech being called.
The tech was Green’s sixth of this year’s NBA playoffs. One more technical foul in the playoffs would trigger an automatic one-game suspension.
The Golden State Warriors’ dynasty is teetering on the brink, and Draymond Green is unsurprisingly feeling defiant in the midst of it.
Down 3-1 to the Toronto Raptors in the Finals, Green arrived to Monday’s potential elimination Game 5 in a black hoodie with the word “SOURCES” emblazoned across the chest, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.
Though he is flirting with a triple-double average through four Finals games, Green has been a target in the media for his poor play otherwise, including 5.0 turnovers per game and his 2-for-11 total on three-pointers for the series. He has picked up 17 personal fouls and a technical as well.
Green has also butted heads more directly with some members of the press this postseason, but you can be the judge of what exactly he may have been getting at with Monday’s wardrobe choice.