After months of speculation, Draymond Green has opted to return to the Golden State Warriors, this after agreeing to a five-year, $85 million contract on Wednesday.
Green helped the Warriors to an NBA title this past season and is arguably their most pivotal piece outside of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Golden State, however, could use some more big bodies down low – not to mention a shooter.
“That sounds funny, but their bench besides Shaun Livingston, for guards, was not as good as advertised,” former Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Playing Steph kind of covered up a lot. So if they can get another wing to back up Klay, that would be a nice fit. They’re not going to have much flexibility to do so either. They’ll have their tax mid-level. But I agree with you as far as the bigs. They probably are already shopping David Lee – and he might be a good fit for a team that kind of strikes out in free agency where you would get him for one year, you would see what he can do, it doesn’t hurt you long term, and if that’s the case, they’re going to need to get somebody to back up Draymond.”
One place Lee doesn’t figure to go? Cleveland, which signed Kevin Love to a five-year, $110 million deal. Love joins a crowded front court with Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson and, on occasion, LeBron James.
But the Cavs still need a backup point guard for Kyrie Irving.
“I know (Matthew) Dellavedova played well for them in spots during the Finals and the playoffs and stuff like that,” Marks said, “but I still think they need a veteran point guard.”
And hopefully for the Cavs’s sake, that backup point guard doesn’t cost a fortune. Marks has been a bit surprised by the dollar amounts certain players have received in free agency thus far.
“I think the bar was set right when midnight struck when Al-Farouq Aminu in Portland got four years at $30 million,” Marks said. “He was a nice player in Dallas coming from the minimum. So he went up from making $915,00 to making a little over seven (million). So it’s hard to get a gauge on if there’s a bad contract out there right now. You’re kind of taking a backseat too because they’ve all been really high. Tyson Chandler got possibly $13 million for four years in Phoenix and he’ll end that fourth year when he’s 37, 38. It’s fascinating because I think what teams are looking at is not just now as far as salary-wise, but where that number will be next year when the cap goes high. I’ve never seen guys who have made the minimum jump to making such a (high) amount of money. You had Draymond with the minimum. Now he’s making $16 million a year. You’ve got Jae Crowder. (He) was making the minimum. Now he’s making seven (million). So there’s a bunch of guys who got paid pretty nicely yesterday.”