Draymond Green wants a maximum four-year extension, ready to explore other teams if the Warriors doesn’t pay, per report

The Golden State Warriors I just won a championship with the highest salary in NBA history, and things get a lot pricier from here. While their entire core is closed for next season, four of the top five players are eligible for this season’s extensions that could release the Warriors further into uncharted luxury tax territory for the next few years.

First on the agenda? Draymond Green, eligible for an extension on August 3, according to Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson from The AthleticHe wants every penny he can get.

Green is set to make $25.8 million next season, and has a player option for $28.5 million after that. For Green to double his earnings from the extension, he would have to reject that option and re-sign 120 percent of his current salary. This track will allow the Warriors to pay out more than $164 million for the next five seasons. That, according to Slater and Thompson, is what Green wants.

Golden State’s standard operating procedure is to pay players with one year left on their deals. Even Stephen Curry waited until he was away from free agency for a year before re-signing in the last season. Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Paul are in that position now. Wiggins will be an unrestricted free agent in 2023 and Poole will be restricted. Klay Thompson is also eligible for an extension, but with two years remaining on his deal, the Warriors don’t appear to be in any hurry to pay him.

But Curry himself is said to prefer that veterans be paid. According to Thompson and Slater, he considers himself, Thompson and Green as a package deal and wants the three to stay together for as long as they are with the Warriors. A three-year extension for Green would align his contract with Curry’s.

If the Warriors are unwilling to extend Green, he is said to be willing to pursue other options to obtain the contract he wants. Exactly what this will entail is not certain. Green can become an unrestricted free agent once the next season is over. Will he play this season and expect to leave? Will he try to force the trade? There’s no reason to believe he would at this point, but if his priority was getting paid and the Warriors didn’t meet his demands, almost anything could be on the table.

The Warriors have repeatedly expressed an interest in expanding their tournament window beyond the top of this current core. If that is indeed their goal, extending Wiggins (27) and Paul (23) would apparently be a bigger priority than Green (32). With Green’s contract for another year, Golden State will likely keep him while developing Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman as a replacement on the front court should he decide to leave.

At this point, their options are to either do so or face historic salary and luxuries taxes over the next several years. Had the Warriors kept Otto Porter and Gary Payton second this season, they could have spent $500 million on their players in combined salaries and taxes next season. Maintaining Green, Wiggins, and Poole will almost certainly cross that line and possibly much further. Joe Lacob has shown a greater appetite for spending than any other NBA owner, but this would be a whole different level.