Draymond Green believes he’s worth a max contract extension but that might not happen in Golden State.

The Golden State Warriors aren’t afraid to spend money. They are the defending champs, after all, and have become a top three most valuable franchise in the NBA.

Paying Draymond Green upwards of $140 million through a max contract extension may not be the way Warriors’ brass will be willing to shell out their cash, though. At leas that’s according to a report from Marcus Thompson and Anthony Slater of the Athletic.

Green will be taking in the green next season, to the tune of $25.8 million and has a player option of $27.6 million the following season. But he wants more.

If extended, Green would make $167 million over the next five seasons. The contract would also expire when the Michigan State product is 37 years old. The question now becomes; are the Warriors willing to pay what many believe to be the heart and soul of a dynastic team?

According to the Athletic, when it comes to the reigning Finals MVP in Stephen Curry, he “would not be happy if the Warriors lost Green because the team didn’t want to pay him.”

Last season, the Warriors paid a league record, $346 million in luxury taxes and players penalties but by paying Green, that number could be catapulted in to the $400 million range — too high for Warriors’ ownership.

The Warriors also face the challenge of paying Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole in the near future, which makes the decision on Green that much harder. The good news is that both Poole and Wiggins are under contract until the 2023-24 season, making it possible for the Warriors core to pursue a title defense.

In a perfect world, the Warriors’ would be able to pay and retain their entire core while simply re-tooling on the role players side of their roster. The only problem is that it’s a perfect world for everyone besides the wallets of Golden State ownership.

Draymond Green wants max extension, per report

Draymond Green will be eligible to sign an extension with the Warriors on August 3. Coming off a championship season, the 32-year-old forward reportedly wants a four-year max extension which would earn him $164.2 over the next five seasons. Currently he has two years left on his current max deal with the Dubs.

The former Defensive Player of Year has been an integral part of Golden State as they won four championships in eight years. He was in the race for the DPOY in more that one season and views himself as a key piece of the Warriors who deserves a max deal.

However, reportedly Golden State is not interested in offering Green a max extension, at least not this year. It is thought that the current NBA champions will wait until next summer before they start contract extension talks with the player.

Draymond Green & Warriors Heading Towards Impasse Over Max Contract

The Golden State Warriors are a bit strapped for money this summer while attempting to keep and build the current championship core that just won its fourth title in eight years with the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

Two of those aforementioned players, Thompson and Green, are also due for new contracts soon, alongside Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins.

Giving all four of them nice and lofty new contracts requires having to pay a ridiculous luxury tax just to retain their services.

Green is eligible for a new contract as soon as August 3rd.

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According to what sources told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II, Green firmly believes he deserves a maximum contract that would lock him in for $164.2 million over the next five seasons.

That is, without question, a lot of money for Green, who hasn’t averaged more than eight points per game since 2017 and at times looked like a shell of himself during this past season.

Slater and Thompson II added that “the Warriors have no plans to offer Green a maximum extension, and there isn’t any current traction on any type of extension.”

The Warriors’ hesitation with extending Green this offseason appears less to be about the team’s perception of Green’s value and more about the timetable Golden State typically takes with extensions.

Slater and Thompson II noted the Warriors usually wait until a player has one year left on his current contract before signing them to a maximum extension.

While Green technically has two years remaining on the four-year extension he signed before the 2019 season, he can opt out of that contract before the final year of that deal prior to this upcoming season.

That impending possibility could force the Warriors’ hand one way or the other.

If the Warriors aren’t willing to offer the max to Draymond Green, there’s a chance he could explore other options to get the contract he believes he deserves.

It should be noted that Green also has a 15 percent trade kicker in his current deal if the Warriors move him.

Green and the Warriors prepare to defend their title as the rest of the league focuses on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.

Washington Wizards Hire James Posey as Assistant Coach

The Washington Wizards have hired James Posey as an assistant coach.

“We are excited to add James to our staff, as he brings championship experience both as a player and coach,” Wizards’ head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said, via NBA.com.

“As one of the toughest defenders in the league and a clutch shooter during his NBA tenure, we will be able to lean on his playing and coaching experiences to help the development of our players.”

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Posey was regarded as a starting-caliber two-way player during his prime; twice averaging more than 1.5 steals per game.

The Wizards will look to return to the playoffs next season behind a core of Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, and Kyle Kuzma.

Posey will certainly look to instill defensive toughness in young players such as Johnny Davis, Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija, and Corey Kispert.

Detroit Pistons Bring Back Fan Favorite Jerseys

The Detroit Pistons are bringing back some fan favorite jerseys for the 2022-23 NBA season.

The teal jerseys were originally used by the Pistons from 1996-2001.

“To Pistons fans everywhere – we heard you, and this is for you,” Pistons’ Chief Business Officer Mike Zavodsky said, via NBA.com.

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“The teal jerseys represent a ‘colorful’ time in Pistons basketball and NBA history. We are thrilled to re-introduce the teal to a new generation of basketball fans, and can’t wait to see this version of Detroit Basketball suit up in them.”

The future is looking bright for the Pistons, with promising young players like Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Saddiq Bey, Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Stewart showing positive signs of development; not to mention 2022 lottery picks Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren impressing at the 2022 Summer League.

Former NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey will certainly have a lot of options next season.

Former Laker Slava Medvedenko Auctions Championship Ring for Ukraine

Former Los Angeles Laker and Ukraine native Slava Medvedenko is stepping up his support for his home country by auctioning his two championship rings.

Medvedenko, 43, played six seasons with the Lakers, including their 2000-01 and 2001-02 championship teams featuring Kobe Bryant and Shaq O’Neal.

Medvedenko told the Associated Press he decided to sell his rings after watching Russian rockets from the rooftop of his home.

“In this moment, I just decided, ‘Why do I need these rings if they’re just sitting in my safe?’” Medvedenko said. “I just recognize I can die. After that, I just say I have to sell them to show people leadership, to help my Ukrainian people to live better, to help kids.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

More than 14,000 fatalities have been recorded.

“We want to restore gyms because the Russian army bombed more than a hundred schools,” said Medvedenko. “Our country, they need a lot of money to fix the schools. Sports gyms are going to be last in the line to fix it. In Ukraine, we have winter and kids need to play inside.”

Medvedenko has three children ages 10 to 16, who he sent to live with their grandmother while he took up arms to help defend Ukraine.

“We were defending our neighborhood, doing checkpoints and duty patrol,” Medvedenko said. “I’m not the best solider, I’m not the best shooter, but I can give them support. I shoot it a couple times, not at people. I’m happy I don’t have a chance to shoot somebody. Our army did a great job to defend Kyiv. I want to thank them.”

California-based SCP Auctions will auction the two rings this Wednesday through August 5, with the entire proceeds going to Medvedenko’s Fly High Foundation to benefit kids.

SCP estimates each ring is worth about $100,000.

The former 6-foot-ten power forward averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.2 blocks in seven seasons, six with the Lakers and his last with the Atlanta Hawks.

His best output came his third year in the league when he averaged 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 blocks during the 2003-04 season.

Celtics Reportedly ‘Engaged in Talks’ for Kevin Durant Trade

The Boston Celtics “engaged in talks” with the Brooklyn Nets on a trade centered around 12x all-star, 2x NBA Finals MVP, and 1x NBA MVP Kevin Durant, per a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Durant, 33, averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists on 52%/38%/91% shooting splits last season for the Nets.

The Celtics reportedly offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a draft pick for Durant, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Brooklyn reportedly countered with an ask for reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, more draft picks, and another player.

A trade package of Brown, White, Smart, multiple first-round picks, and Grant Williams is likely too great of a cost for Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens to stomach, even for Durant.

Brown, 25, averaged 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists on 47%/36%/76% shooting splits last season – and was seemingly none too happy to hear his name mentioned in trade rumors.

It seems highly unlikely the Celtics would trade both White and Smart, especially with newly-acquired guard Malcolm Brogdon recovering from injury.

If the Celtics do land Durant, they could roll with an ultra-big, ultra-switchable starting lineup of White/Smart, Durant, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Robert Williams III; with Brogdon, Danilo Gallinari, and Payton Pritchard coming off the bench.

J.J. Redick Says Watching Chet Holmgren Was ‘An Experience’

The Vegas heat was brutal at NBA Summer League, but former player and The Old Man & the Three podcast host J.J. Redick believes the future looks bright for the Oklahoma City Thunder after watching rookie Chet Holmgren and 1-year veteran Josh Giddey team up on the floor.

Redick got his first look at Holmgren and compared the lanky rookie to a young Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“Watching Chet Holmgren in person was an experience,” said Redick. “He’s got a confidence to his game. He’s got a competitiveness to his game. He’s got a really strong belief in self.”

Redick noted three plays that showcased Holmgren’s abilities, including an ISO sidestep three from the top of the key and grabbing the defensive rebound and leading the team on transition.

“Watching that frame move so fluidly, his ball-handling skills, it did remind me of a young Giannis. I hate the comparison because Giannis is one of one, and hopefully, Chet will become one of one. But watching him move in transition reminded me of a young Giannis.”

Still, the play that most impressed Redick was when Holmgren spiked the ball against the backboard, demonstrating his potential dominance on the defensive end.

The seven-foot Holmgren, who averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks during one season at Gonzaga, paired up with Giddey, a member of the 2021-22 All-Rookie Team.

Redick noted that Giddey gets off the ball early, has great half-court vision, and has a knack for getting the basketball in tight spots.

On a pick and roll, Giddey squeezed a no-look pass in between two defenders to Holmgren for the dunk.

“There’s just a really good feel and pace to his game that he uses with the pass,” said Redick. “The big question mark is Josh Giddey’s shooting. For him to unlock a superstar level potential, he’s got to become a better shooter.”

OKC is no stranger to talent.

This is the same team that put Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and James Harden on the floor, and from Redick’s vantage, OKC could be on the verge of a second run.