Draymond Green believes Chris Paul will help unlock Jonathan Kuminga

DRAYMOND GREEN ON CHRIS PAUL COMING TO THE WARRIORS AND WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE TEAM, AND PREDICTS THAT HE’LL “COMPLETELY UNLOCK JONATHAN KUMINGA’S GROWTH” “I think he brings a couple things. Number 1, I thought last year…and Stephen Curry said this in his press conference, we ran out of variety and what I mean about variety is in a team you need to have a variety…Our team last year didn’t have a variety of ways to score and I think CP adds another thing to the menu to address the topic of a variety of ways to score. Cp plays totally different than Steph, totally different than Klay Thompson, totally different than myself and Jordan Poole… I also think last year, Steph and I got split up a lot and me and Steph together we’re dangerous. Our minutes got split up a bunch because our second unit couldn’t figure it out and in turn I got put into the second unit to help stabilize things. That’s like 15 fewer minutes a game we’re together. Well now, CP can anchor that unit…and I think that is a big thing to helping unlock our team again…I’ll tell you one more thing that I think it unlocks and I look forward to learning this from him; I think Chris Paul will completely unlock Jonathan Kuminga and his growth. CP is great with young guys. Ayton looked like a bust before Chris came to Phoenix. No disrespect but more of a compliment to CP but people didn’t know what Deandre Ayton was gonna turn out to be and suddenly he became an all-star level player. So I think what he will do for Jonathan Kuminga and unlocking him is huge. Absolutely huge! And I look forward to learning that from him.”
Source: YouTube

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After being acquired by the Golden State Warriors in a trade, Chris Paul sent a message to his new teams fanbase. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2023/07/01/chr…10:00 AM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
From the Warriors’ draft picks to CP3, Draymond back and bringing in Cory Joseph, Mike Dunleavy Jr. is making moves that are making Steve Kerr very happy – 10:21 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Stephen Curry
Chris Paul
Corey Joseph
Klay Thompson
Moses Moody
Brandin Podziemski
Andrew Wiggins
Jonathan Kuminga
Draymond Green
Gary Payton II
Kevon Looney
Trayce Jackson-Davis
Warriors are expected to roster 14 players next season. Two spots left after CoJo signing. – 9:02 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Twelve committed roster spots for the Warriors. Only expected to use 14. Dario Saric remains a target.
Steph Curry
Klay Thompson
Andrew Wiggins
Draymond Green
Kevon Looney
Chris Paul
Gary Payton II
Moses Moody
Jonathan Kuminga
Cory Joseph
Brandin Podziemski
Trayce Jackson-Davis – 8:48 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
The Suns’ offseason makeover is officially complete from new head coach to a total roster overhaul:
Out: Monty Williams, Chris Paul, Torrey Craig, Landry Shamet, Jock Landale, Bismack Biyombo, Terrence Ross, TJ Warren, Darius Bazley
In: Frank Vogel, Bradley Beal, Eric Gordon,… pic.twitter.com/c25uj0CxqP4:19 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
The Suns’ offseason makeover is officially complete from new head coach to a total roster overhaul:
Out: Monty Williams, Chris Paul, Torrey Craig, Jock Landale, Bismack Biyombo, Terrence Ross, TJ Warren, Darius Bazley
In: Frank Vogel, Bradley Beal, Eric Gordon, Yuta Watanabe,… pic.twitter.com/5zQIXWZehP4:18 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After being acquired by the Golden State Warriors in a trade, Chris Paul sent a message to his new teams fanbase. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2023/07/01/chr…7:00 AM
Chris Paul @CP3
Juvenile Tiny Desk for the WIN!! – 2:25 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
NBA free agency: A breakdown of the winners and losers on Day 1 with analysis on Draymond Green staying w/ Warriors, Kyrie Irving staying w/ Mavs, the Lakers’ moves, Fred VanVleet going to Rockets & more. My dispatch for @Sportsnaut bit.ly/3XwHNwm pic.twitter.com/pmbNUSsyHO12:22 AM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Just eight months ago, it seemed like Draymond Green and the Warriors were headed separate ways. On how they found each other again:
foxsports.com/stories/nba/ho…11:20 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Team changes or unresolved PG situations this offseason:
– BOS (Smart)
– PHI (Harden)
– TOR (Schröder)
– CHI (Bev)
– DET (Monte)
– MIA (Vincent)
– WAS (Tyus)
– POR (Dame/Scoot)
– LAC (Russ)
– LAL (D’Lo)
– PHO (CP3)
– DAL (Luka/Kyrie)
– MEM (JA)
– SA (Tre) – 11:09 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Going live here in like 5-10 minutes with @TheBoxAndOne_ to break down all of free agency so far. From the Draymond Green deal to the Fred VanVleet deal that just happened
youtube.com/live/r_8pQZfej… pic.twitter.com/LMKyblDOB59:13 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Emergency #WarriorsPlusMinus episode on the signing of Draymond Green with @anthonyVslater and @timkawakami
Apple: apple.co/3oJ4M8e
Spotify: spoti.fi/3oIom4c
TA: rb.gy/ywpn8 pic.twitter.com/JZEkTrst8i9:04 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
New Warriors plus/minus podcast with @ThompsonScribe and @TimKawakami.
Draymond Green is back.
Apple: apple.co/3oJ4M8e
Spotify: spoti.fi/3oIom4c
TA: rb.gy/ywpn8 pic.twitter.com/ZnPLoS2WtB8:58 PM
Todd Whitehead @CrumpledJumper
Thinking about this classic Draymond performance – in the first game of the Warriors 2017 postseason – when he had 19 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 5 blocks including these two impossible ones: pic.twitter.com/HUS6ppzbzH8:41 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Draymond Green returning to Warriors on four-year, $102 million contract
nbcsports.com/nba/news/draym…8:15 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“Chris Paul is going to have to be the one checking his ego”
With Draymond Green signing extension, @SamMitchellNBA looks ahead to the Warriors roster next season #DubNation pic.twitter.com/L5gzIbfaFl8:00 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Our roundup of free agency analysis is up and running with an assessment of what the Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving and Bruce Brown Jr. deals mean: espn.com/nba/insider/st… (ESPN+) – 7:50 PM
Jack Winter @ArmstrongWinter
Draymond’s new deal is perfect example of compromise from both sides.
Older player takes a bit less annually to help lower tax bill, team gives him full control of fate entering age-37 season.
So much for Myers’ exit coloring negotiations. Both Dray and Dubs should be thrilled. – 7:10 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Here’s some quick analysis on the Draymond Green deal. Also includes an update on the Warriors chase of Dario Saric. Team remains “hopeful” of getting Saric on minimum but isn’t done as of this hour. Warriors front office is in LA today. theathletic.com/4657032/2023/0…7:10 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
My instant grades are up for:
-Jevon Carter (hell yes)
-Porzingis extension
-Jerami Grant
-Bruce Brown
-Coby White
and more incoming shortly!
sportingnews.com/us/basketball/…6:51 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Draymond Green is reportedly staying in the Bay Area on a new 4-year, $100 million contract with the Warriors. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2023/06/30/rep…6:50 PM
2023 NBA Free Agency Tracker: Draymond Green returning to Warriors; Kyle Kuzma gets big money from Wizards
cbssports.com/nba/news/2023-…6:45 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Warriors now have Steph, Wiggins and Draymond locked up through 2026. – 6:30 PM
Anil Gogna @AnilGognaNBA
Draymond’s Contract:
23/24: $22.3M
24/25: $24.1M
25/26: $25.9M
26/27: $27.7M (PO)
Draymond will be 37 at the end of the 4 years. – 6:27 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Warriors’ Draymond Green agrees to new $100M, four-year contract
sfchronicle.com/sports/warrior… pic.twitter.com/FYwQmCxM5u6:26 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
I’m doing instant free agent grades tonight! This file is updated with grades for:
-Draymond Green
-Kyle Kuzma
-Coby White
Keep checking back for many more incoming! sportingnews.com/us/basketball/…6:24 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Draymond Green deal (confirmed at $100M over 4 years) keeps him with Warriors for duration of Stephen Curry’s contract. Always was a crucial point, per sources
Slight hometown discount, with Dray able to opt out in summer of 2026 – 6:18 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
El salario promedio del último contrato de Draymond Green con @Warriors era $24.9 millones.
El promedio del recién acordado contrato con Golden State es $25 millones por temporada.
Concedió salario con tal de permanecer con su único equipo en la NBA. pic.twitter.com/rk9Z66GFG76:17 PM
Anil Gogna @AnilGognaNBA
Signings so far:
GSW – Draymond (4yr/$100M with PO)
PHX – Drew Eubanks (2yr/TBD with PO)
CLE – Caris LeVert (2yr/$32M)
SAC – Trey Lyles returning to SAC (TBD)
WAS – Kuzma (4yr/$102M)
LAL – Taurean Prince (TBD)
CHI – Coby White (3yr/$33M)
DEN – DeAndre Jordan (TBD)
PHX – Keita… – 6:17 PM
Madeline Kenney @madkenney
Draymond Green agrees to 4-year, $100 million deal to return to the Warriors: report mercurynews.com/2023/06/30/dra…6:16 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
The first-year salary on Draymond Green’s new four-year extension: $22.3 million, per source. That was a negotiation key for the Warriors. His declined player option was for $27.6 million. This slices that projected repeater tax bill by somewhere around $40+ million. – 6:11 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
You know how you know Draymond Green is a good teammate? He didn’t insist on exactly one cent more than Jordan Poole. – 6:11 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Draymond Green stays with the Warriors with a new $100M contract
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/15…6:10 PM
Draymond Green agrees to four-year, $100 million deal to stay with Warriors, per report
cbssports.com/nba/news/draym…6:09 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most wins by a player since Draymond entered the league (including playoffs):
1. Draymond Green — 618 wins
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/tjz4lgGgl36:07 PM
Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
ESPN story on Draymond Green’s new four-year deal in Golden State — what GM Mike Dunleavy Jr. said was their No. 1 priority this summer: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…6:04 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Draymond Green, future Hall of Famer, will be a Warrior forever. New 4-year/$100M deal for Dray, as expected. #DubNation #NBAFreeAgency
sportal.gr/basket/nba/202…6:03 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Draymond Green should just tell the Warriors he’s picking up that 4th year option now – 6:03 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Free agent forward Draymond Green has agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract with a player option in the final season to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors on the first day of free agency, sources tell ESPN’s Andscape. Green, Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson stay together. pic.twitter.com/0wvfQOspV36:01 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Free agent Draymond Green and CEO of Klutch Sports Rich Paul have agreed on a four-year, $100 million contract to return to the Golden State Warriors, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The $100M deal contains a player option in Year 4. – 6:01 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Draymond Green expected to sign a four-year, $100M new deal with Warriors sportando.basketball/en/draymond-gr…5:53 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
All signs have pointed to a new Draymond Green deal in Golden State since my enclosed story Monday and league sources now project Green to land a contract in the four-year, $100 million range from the Warriors once free agency commences.
My Monday report: marcstein.substack.com/p/nba-free-age…5:45 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Outside of Draymond Green, Warriors interested in signing swingmen and front court players who shoot well at minimum deals, according to source. High on Warriors free agent wish list is big man Dario Saric, who averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds for Phoenix and OKC last season. – 4:16 PM

More on this storyline

Los Angeles even re-engaged Boston about acquiring Brogdon in recent days, sources said. The Clippers were also prepared to offer Powell in a package for Chris Paul, league sources told Yahoo Sports, before Golden State ultimately acquired the veteran floor general in exchange for Jordan Poole. -via Yahoo! Sports / June 30, 2023
The Los Angeles Clippers are at the top of Harden’s list. They also reached out to the Sixers this week about a possible Harden trade, according to multiple league sources. You can see why they’d appeal to Harden. They’re in L.A. He could play alongside a pair of stars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Of course, so did the Nets. And, from Dwight Howard to Chris Paul to Russell Westbrook to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and now to Joel Embiid, you could put together a All-Star team just with the superstars Harden has broken up with. -via FoxSports.com / June 30, 2023
Marc J. Spears says he’s been told Chris Paul will start and Kevon Looney will come off the bench -via Twitter / June 29, 2023
Draymond Green: The most ridiculous [player to be drafted in front of me]? Which one? I mean s—…Listen not to throw salt at anybody but Andrew Nicholson was drafted over me at #19. Like you don’t even know how to pronounce his school [St. Bonaventure] At the time you all are comparing us as big men who can play back to the basket and face up. And I’m like #1 he don’t even look like a basketball player. I always tell people when it comes to winning, half the battle is looking like a basketball player. When you’re on a team and you look at the other side of the floor and you see guys that don’t look like baseball players you automatically lose respect for those guys. So I’m like this guy doesn’t even really look like a basketball player. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t really have the body of Adonis but I just don’t see that. That was one that really really really really pissed me off! There are several others that went before me but that was the one. -via YouTube / July 3, 2023
DRAYMOND GREEN ON HOW INCOMING #1 OVERALL PICK, VICTOR WEMBANYAMA AND HOW HE’D GUARD HIM. PG: ”Wemby obviously went first in this draft. Phenom! How would you guard him? Because I tell people like he’s elite, helluva talent but some of the shit I’ve seen, we’re not letting him do that in the NBA.” DG: You not just dribbling through me like the Harlem Globetrotters. I’m sorry. Don’t get me wrong he’s a phenom and one of the best things to happen to him was going to San Antonio and coach Popovich. That infrastructure is gonna teach you how to be a pro…and their player development is unmatched so I think that’s huge for him. But some of the stuff is just, I mean come on bro. Again special talent and to even do some of the stuff at that size take a special talent but you gotta press into him. You can’t let him get comfortable. You let him get comfortable you lose, because you can’t block his shot. He may not even see your contest. So with a guy like that you gotta do your work early. I‘m crowding him from the time he starts running down the court. When they get the rebound and they start coming I’m crowding because I can’t let him get to a space where he’s comfortable. If you do that against talents like that…aint nothing you can do to stop that. So for me I’m all the way pressed up into him.” -via YouTube / July 3, 2023
Anthony Slater: Do I see him on the Warriors next season? Yes. I don’t think he’s going to be traded. I don’t think he was being shopped. I think the Warriors – and as we’re seeing in the Mike Dunleavy era – are very willing to have any conversation you’re willing to have as long as you’re not asking for Stephen Curry. They were adamant when a report came out that it sounded like they were shopping him high in the draft that they weren’t shopping him. They’d answer inbound calls on him. -via HoopsHype / June 30, 2023
The idea is to give the Warriors another way to challenge the defense. Paul can run his style of offense with the second unit (maybe igniting Jonathan Kuminga’s rim-running game) and then he can possibly close halves alongside Curry and Klay and let them both sprint around screens away from the ball while Paul probes and pressures the defense in his own way. “One of the things Steph said … I thought his most revealing quote after the Lakers series was that we didn’t have enough variety in the ways that we could score,” Kerr said. “And everything was high pick-and-roll with Steph. That whole series. We just couldn’t create enough. When we’ve been our best, this team has had a lot of good passing, a lot of connectors, a lot of guys who understood how to play with Steph and free him up and use his gravity to slip for layups or create shots on the other side of the floor. -via The Athletic / June 24, 2023

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