Draymond Green’s era with the Golden State Warriors could end sooner than expected with a new report that the 32-year-old thinks he deserves a max contract that the team has no intention of giving him .

While Green may not become a generational talent like teammate Stephen Curry or as well known to casual fans as Klay Thompson, he has always been a vital part of the team’s success. Without the four-time All-Star doing the dirty work of getting big offensive rebounds and guarding some of the opposition’s top scorers, it’s hard to imagine the Warriors could have won all four of their championships.

The ever-vocal veteran seems to feel the same way and believes being a key member of the organization’s winning core deserves a max contract when he becomes eligible to sign a new long-term contract after August 3.

Draymond Green seeks max deal worth $138m with Warriors

Wednesday, Athleticism revealed that sources say Green “wants and thinks he deserves the maximum contract extension from the Warriors.” The 10-year veteran is expected to earn $25.8 million next season and then $27.5 million in 2023-24. However, he has a player option last year and could leverage possible free agency as a way to get what he wants.

If the Warriors were to force him, he would retire early and sign a new four-year contract this summer worth $138.4 million, which would lock the team in at $164.2 million for the five next seasons. Unfortunately for Green, the outlet reports that the Warriors have no plans to do that and would rather discuss it next summer.

The team’s big concern now is how Green reacts. If he is firm on his beliefs, there are fears his behavior in the locker room of not getting a maximum extension could derail the team’s chances of repeating next season. It’s a difficult situation as the team are already well over the salary cap and must consider giving Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins new long-term contracts before becoming free agents next summer.

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If the Warriors were to make the bold move to trade Draymond Green this summer, or during the season, what would be the ideal landing spots?

miami heat

Green seems like an absolutely perfect choice for the Miami Heat. He’s a mean, defensive, win-at-all-costs player, just like team president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra love him. After losing dirty work MVP PJ Tucker this offseason, the organization has an openness and a strong desire for a major shakeup to get back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Los Angeles Lakers

When it comes to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, anything is possible, especially when it comes to acquiring a player they believe can help them win another championship. There are still things that need to be resolved for “Showtime” regarding what happens with Russell Westbrook this summer and whether the team can land Kyrie Irving in a trade with the Nets.

However, given their limitations in making big moves this summer, renting Green for a season at a lower rate than most star players must be attractive to the Lakers.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are a serious dark horse in a situation like this. There were rumors during the offseason that the organization would like to make a splash after an impressive season in 2021-22. Proof of the talent already in Memphis, the Grizzlies were without superstar Ja Morant for the last three games and were still able to lead the eventual champion Warriors and Green to six games in the Western Conference semifinals.

Plus, Green would fit right in as a former statesman with an already brash and tough squad that could use a player with league experience to help take them to the next level.