The first day of NBA Free Agency has come and gone and it was a frenetic, non-stop, mad dash of teams signing players to big money contracts.
FRENETIC FREE AGENCY
Jimmy Butler, DeMarre Carroll and Danny Green all landed themselves nice new deals, with Carroll ditching the Atlanta Hawks for Eastern Conference rivals whilst Butler and Green stayed at the Bulls and Spurs, respectively.
Meanwhile, all three of Kevin Love, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis made themselves very rich men by signing deals worth over $100M to stay at their current teams for the long term. It was a great day for players and agents with all the zeros that flew around.
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All of those deals happened in the middle of the day, an incredible couple of hours where hundreds of millions of dollars were agreed to be paid over the next few years.
Dray is Back
Well one deal happened later on, but it was still incredibly significant. After reports swirled that contract talks between the parties had stalled and the player had struck of negotiations with the team in order to talk to other franchises, Draymond Green signed a long term deal with the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors were seemingly in a generous mood when they put pen to paper on Green's deal, with the Golden State star landing himself a very cool 5-year, $85Million pay packet, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
The Warriors couldn’t let Green go, he is simply too integral of a part to what they do on defense.
The 25-year old was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting - losing out to Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs - and his ability to guard multiple positions from shooting guard to center (even the odd point guard) is key for Golden State’s NBA leading D.
And when you add in the fact that he can knock down threes, is the spiritual center of the team, and averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game last season, you can see why the Golden State Warriors were willing to splash out to keep Draymond Green.
Green had been linked with a shock switch to the Lakers at points this off-season, but it seems that L.A struck out just like they have with every other player they've gone after.