OAKLAND -- No need to beg or plead, no need to lay down and block Draymond Green’s path to Detroit or any other city with an NBA team.
The Warriors have this covered. They’re not letting Draymond walk, no matter what it costs to retain the heartiest partier among the Warriors during the team’s championship parade and celebration Friday at Lake Merritt.
General manager Bob Myers rather vowed as much while addressing over 500,000 fans at the rally.
“We’ll bring him back,” Myers said from the podium. “If you’re worried, don’t worry.”
That comment is in line with Myers’ recent responses to all things Draymond. Management knows. Ownership knows. The men in the locker room know how much Green means to newly created fabric of this team.
Though league rules prohibit Myers from specifically promising the Warriors will match any offer Green receives, thus retaining him, all indications are that will be the case.
Of the several watershed moments during a magnificent regular season and ultimately successful postseason, none was more significant than the installation and progression of Green at power forward.
The Warriors and the rest of the NBA learned what keen observers suspected even during the 2013-14 season, that he was the heir apparent to incumbent starter David Lee and, moreover, that the team would benefit once Green entered the starting lineup.
In less than a year, Green has evolved from rotation player to a franchise pillar. He brought championship-level defense, a palpable toughness and an undying spirit that inspires his teammates. He also is a threat beyond the 3-point line.
He becomes a restricted free agent next month, after which Green will be presented with an offer sheet worth at least $12 million per season. The Pistons are known to have an interest. Coach Stan Van Gundy has expressed a clear admiration for Green, who also happens to be a Michigan native.
Green, who made $915,000 this season, has expressed a deep desire to remain with the Warriors. He says he’s comfortable in Oakland, which is in some ways a small-scale version of his hometown, Saginaw, Mich.
He also likes his teammates and loves winning.
"We’re world champions,” Green told CSN Bay Area on Friday. “And we did it. And it's our league. And we run this. And we did it for the bay.
“And we're going to do it again for the Bay. 'Cause we rep the Bay. Bay Area's team. We run this. A'ight? We here."
Does that sound like a man ready to leave?