A few days ago, news broke around the basketball world that former Michigan State star Draymond Green would likely be interested in returning back to his home state, close to his alma mater, by signing with the Detroit Pistons. Since yesterday, the rumors and speculation have certainly grown and Green seemed to have confirmed the facts that he thinks Detroit could be a great place for him.
One thing Green isn’t worried about no matter where he lands? A contract.
“I am having so much fun,” Green said. “I would be doing myself wrong, I would be doing an injustice to not enjoy this—everything I worked for, I worked to be in a position like this. For me to sit here and worry about a contract? No, I’m not doing that. What would be the reason? Regardless of whether I worry about it now or later, it’s not going change either way. I am not going to sign anything until July 1 anyway. To worry about it, I would be doing myself unfair and the team unfair.”
Since entering the league in the 2012 NBA Draft, where he was selected in the second round by the Golden State Warriors, Green has become exactly what he was while at Michigan State: A leader, immensely popular, and someone that everyone wants to be around. In fact, former MSU teammate and now-NBA player with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Adreian Payne, said that Green is such a likable guy that he could easily win any mayoral race in any city “by a landslide.” Green, amused, couldn’t help but laugh upon hearing this.
“I don’t know if I could win mayor or anything like that—but it’s good to have someone say that about you, because it just means you had a great effect on their life,” said Green. “(Payne)’s my guy, he’s my young fella. Coming out of high school, him coming to Michigan State, I took him under my wing. He looks up to me. That’s just my guy.”
This summer, Green’s contract is up and he’ll be a very popular free agent. He has stated that he’s hoping Detroit will make him an offer, though he hasn’t put a whole lot of thought into the whole process.
“I know I am a free agent,” Green told the Sporting News. “Everyone knows it. But I can honestly say I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it.”
In only three years with the Warriors, Green has done what very few other young people his age have been able to accomplish in the league: He’s now a starter. Some of that has to do with his incredible character and leadership abilities, but his averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists certainly doesn’t hurt either.
The Detroit Pistons are currently making a lot of moves and have been tight-lipped about whether or not they’re considering the former Michigan State star, but it certainly would be a big draw in a day of age where the Pistons seem desperate for those.