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Warriors send strong message on Draymond Green ahead of next season

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The next season will be an important one for the Golden State Warriors. Obviously, their main goal will be to defend their championship, but there are plenty of other storylines to follow along the way, and fans need to be mindful.

Klay Thompson will enter his first full year of basketball since the 2018-19 season, Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins will play for their next contracts, and Golden State’s young core is likely to step into bigger roles.

But perhaps the most intriguing storyline to watch is one that may not come to fruition for another two years. Draymond Green has two seasons left on his contract but could choose to turn down his player option for next year and go to the open market. For now, however, he appears to be focused on the upcoming season as the Warriors sent a strong message about the star on their Twitter account.

On 09/19 the Warriors tweeted that Green is “in the lab,” with a photo of him training at what appears to be the team’s facility. Seeing him and other Warriors players back in the gym spreads good cheer as the season draws ever closer.

And while there are some questions about his future with the team, GM Bob Myers seems intent on keeping him for as long as possible.

during a conversation The TK ShowHosted by The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami, Myers revealed he sees Green as an important part of the future, noting they want to keep his place on the team for as long as possible.

“No, no, I would say definitely and unequivocally that he’s not a guy that we look at and say he’s not going to be there,” Myers said. “Now at some point decisions have to be made. But as for his importance to this organization and what he has done, we will do everything we can to keep him in the herd.”

Green has put on record in the past that he wanted a Max contract, but if Myers sees fit, he could very well be the one to give it to him.

That being said, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Dalton Johnson believes the Warriors should take precautions with the star forward soon.

At 32, Green is still fully capable of competing at championship level. However, he no longer walks on the same legs as he used to. Johnson, in turn, believes the Warriors could do whatever it takes to save him for the playoffs.

“Green has averaged 31.8 minutes per game over the last eight seasons since his start. He shouldn’t go over 30 too often.

“Steve Kerr and the Warriors know when they need their defensive star and point forward most — the playoffs. The core of the Warriors, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Green all have to start taking a step back in game time to assert themselves, but when it’s Green’s turn he’ll want to prove himself,” Johnson said wrote on 14.09.

It’s clear the Warriors appreciate Green and heading into next year he appears ready.

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