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Warriors Gave Draymond Green a Player Option in His Contract for Some Reason

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors locked up a key member of their dynastic team this weekend when they signed Draymond Green to a four-year, $100 million extension.

However, the deal, which kicks in at the end of the 2019-20 season, is unique in that it has a player option. Green will have the ability to opt out of his contract in 2023.

It's intriguing in that he's the only long-term signing to have such an option. Sure, Green is among the best in the NBA, but he's no Steph Curry or Klay Thompson, both of whom don't have player options.

A vital member of the Warriors' three championship-winning teams, the 29-year-old has been named to five NBA All-Defensive teams in his seven-year career. He's equally efficient on the other side of the ball, posting a career. 43.9% shooting percentage.

It's unclear why Golden State would give him the ability to test free agent waters. In doing so, they run the risk of losing a key component of their team identity, though it does line up with when most of the other players on the team hit the open market.

He's one of just five players on the roster that has a deal extending into the 2022-23 season. He'll be 32 that season and could certainly find plenty of suitors if he so desires.

It seems to be a bit of an anomaly on the part of the Warriors. Only time will tell whether Green chooses to take advantage of the option or not.