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Green signs $82 million deal with Golden State Warriors

By The Sports Xchange
Green signs $82 million deal with Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) battle for the rebound during the first half of an NBA game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, February 6, 2015. Each team leads their respective conference in wins. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Forward Draymond Green signed his five-year, $82 million deal to remain with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

"This is home for me," he said. "At no point did I feel I was ready to leave this organization."

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Green and the Warriors had reached agreement on the deal last week; the Warriors were determined not to let the restricted free agent leave.

"You cannot overstate how important Draymond Green was to helping our team win an NBA championship last season," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said, "and we are thrilled that he has decided to re-sign with us. Our ownership group, led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, has once again demonstrated the commitment necessary to build and maintain a championship-caliber team."

Other teams could have offered Green a max deal of four years, $67.3 million; the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks were thought to be interested. The Warriors could have matched any offer, but Green didn't want to leave anyway.

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"I think I'm a pretty good player," he said, "but none of that matters if you're not in the right organization."

Green, who replaced David Lee in the lineup last season and put up a triple-double in the NBA Finals, did a little bit of everything for the Warriors. He averaged 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists and finished as runner-up to Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler for the NBA's Most Improved Player award and second in voting for Defensive Player of the Year (Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs won).

"This is truly an unbelievable and blessed day for me and my family," Green said. "I'd like to thank Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, Bob Myers, Rick Welts, all of my teammates and coaches, and everyone in DubNation for believing in me and helping me become the player and person that I am today.

"In three short years, I have gone from a second-round pick that many doubted could play in this league to an NBA champion, and I look forward to getting better -- both individually and as a team -- as we face the challenges that lie ahead of us."

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