Enjoy the Warriors parade, did you? Well sober up. There’s a pressing question at hand.

How many larger-than-life, trophy-toting, future Hall-of-Famers can you keep on the head of a pin?

The Warriors may be about to find out.

First a disclaimer: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have played basketball at a phenomenal, almost spiritual level during their two seasons together. They have displayed little in the way of ego. They share the ball and the credit. But it is such an unprecedented dynamic that you can’t help but wonder how long the team can possibly keep itself together.

A hint from Sports Illustrated:

“With two years and $36 million remaining on his deal, (Draymond) Green is eligible for a three-year, $72 million extension, which would start in 2020-21.

“According to league sources, Green will turn the extension down when it’s offered. That’s because if he earns MVP, Defensive Player of the Year or All-NBA Team honors next season, he will be eligible for a super-max contract of five years, $226 million.

“I don’t look at it like it’s their turn to do me right,” Green told ESPN. “If I continue to play my game, if I continue to do better, they got to do me right, or somebody else will.”

Money can be a sure-fire Camelot-breaker, especially when paired with the rhetorical accelerent “or else.” But hey, look: Curry bided his time before scoring his max contract last year. Thompson is on record saying he’s fine taking less if it keeps the band together. Durant, according to Sports Illustrated, “could have taken about $6 million more from the Golden State Warriors (in 2017-18), but he elected not to as a way to encourage the team to keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.”

Green, in case you forgot: “They got to do me right, or somebody …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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