The Golden State Warriors are determined to hang on to Draymond Green this summer, and the soon-to-be restricted free agent doesn’t appear eager to bolt from the defending NBA champs.
Still, the 25-year-old forward will be seeking the most lucrative deal, and Houston and Atlanta are reportedly in the hunt for his services.
Green—who has made $2.6 million so far in his career after being selected 35th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, and could command close to max money this offseason—says he plans to “enjoy” the free agency process.
Per Yahoo! Sports:
The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets are also expected to be among the teams interested in Green, a source said. The 2015 first all-NBA defensive team selection said he is open to face-to-face team visits with any serious free-agent opportunity, too.
“The one thing I’ve been taught is to go into this thing with no expectations,” Green said. “When you do, that’s when it gets frustrating. That’s when it gets stressful. I just want to have fun and enjoy this process. […] So I’m not going in there with no expectations for this or expectations for that. That would take away the enjoyment. And that’s what I want, I want to enjoy this.”
“When [agent B.J. Armstrong] talks I just start laughing at him,” Green said. “To hear my name mentioned like that [financially], to hear that type of stuff, it brings me back to moments like when I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan where my mom made about $14,000-$15,000 per year. It’s surreal. It’s like a joke and I can’t believe it. […] At some point I will believe it. But it’s like, ‘Wow.’ Who would have imagined this? You have these big goals. You hope this and hope that. You want to believe it, but it seems so far-fetched. To be in this moment, this position, it’s like, ‘Wow.'”