Draymond Green is standing up for the (not so)little guys of the NBA. The Golden State Warriors’ power forward voiced his displeasure with the NBA’s latest labor deal with the player’s union, saying that it doesn’t give lower-level players a chance to make more money.
Stand for something… or fall for anything
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 15, 2016
“When I look at my career, I didn’t expect to be at this level I’m at now,” he said. “I kind of identify with those guys who haven’t made it to the level I’ve been fortunate enough to make it to.”
The NBA 2015 Championship winner explained to reporters that although he and his fellow NBA peers are blessed to make the amount of money that they do, the lower-tier players are making a small fraction of what the league is bringing in.
“I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m pissed off that anyone is making that because that’s less than 2 percent of America making that. We’re all blessed,” Green said. “But when you sit and look at the circumstances about how much money is involved in this league, in terms of that, I’m upset.”
The All-Star and Olympic gold medalist said he wants backups and lower-tier players to be more considered in CBA negotiations.
“I was one of those guys nobody would stand up for,” said Green, who was drafted 35th overall in 2012 and made his career start with the Warriors.
Green’s teammates Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala are on the executive committee, on which Green said that he would be interested in taking part in the future.
“I want to try to help guys who aren’t an All-Star, who aren’t a top-15 player in the league,” Green said. “How do we help 100 to 200 top players in the league?”
By Anika Reed