Exclusive: How Draymond Green helped in Nick Young pursuit

Having won their second championship in three years with a resounding 4-1 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors look primed and ready to go again in the upcoming campaign.

Heading into the offseason there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding some of their important role players. 

There was never any doubt that Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry would sign new contracts, but there were concerns that there would be no money left to extend the deals of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, amongst others. 

However, Durant accepted a cut-price deal that allowed the Warriors to keep hold of their bench stars and head into the new campaign with what looks to be a stronger roster than last season.

Having added Nick Young and Omri Casspi, two players who are capable of lighting it up from distance, the Dubs have improved their spacing and shooting in the rotation.

Young has faced a fair bit of criticism throughout his career but appeared to turn a corner last season under former Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton. 

Swaggy P improved drastically on defence and showed, at times, the deadly accuracy from range that previously earnt him a four-year, $21.5 million contract with the Lakers.

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It is no secret that Draymond Green was influential in bringing the 31-year-old to the Bay Area, and speaking recently to GiveMeSport, the Defensive Player of the Year explained how he helped push the process along. 

There have been reports that Young was reluctant to join the Dubs due to their already stacked roster, but he was won around after spending July 4th weekend with Green.

Draymond exclusively told GiveMeSport: “I attended a meeting with him… Stayed in contact, just kind of let him know ‘we want you on this team, we think you can be a great help to us and think it would be a great fit…’

“Fit right in with everything we do. He can score the ball extremely well, he can defend… Just try to let him know how much he was wanted and happy that he joined.”

Speaking on the addition of both Young and Casspi, he added: “Both of them can shoot the basketball and in our system that’s always great so I think they’ll help boast our second unit even more being that there’s two guys that can really fill it up.

“I think that makes us a much deeper team.”

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