Earlier Saturday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news the Warriors had signed Draymond Green to a massive extension. The four-year deal is reportedly worth $100 million, meaning Draymond will earn $118 million over the next five years.
With Draymond becoming the fourth player on the team signed to a max deal, the Warriors cap space is pretty much nonexistent for the coming years.
Between Draymond, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and D'Angelo Russell, the four account for the vast majority of the Warriors' salary cap. Even after losing stars like Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State is still far beyond the soft cap limit of $109.14 million.
Essentially, the max contract that Green just recieved completely screws the Warriors' cap situation beyond this year. To be brutally honest, there was really no reason to offer Draymond a max extension with the salaries of just three other players taking them dangerously close to that cap limit.
Thanks to Draymond's new deal, the Warriors are going to have to seriously shake up their lineup, and especially their bench, if they want to have any hope of appealing to the cap limit. That means their depth is going to drastically decline if they want to keep their "big four".
The upgrade for Draymond just doesn't make much sense. He was already earning a whopping $18.5 million for the 2019-20 season, and now is going to be paid between $22 to $27 million for the next four years.
Golden State was already set up nicely with Curry, Thompson and Russell taking up the majority of the team's cap. Draymond's new contract just seems like they were purposefully trying to exceed the cap limit.