Draymond Green reveals ideal retirement timeline
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green still has one year left on his contract with the Golden State Warriors, then a player option for the following season.

What happens after that is less clear.

This past week, Green sat down with Stephen A. Smith on the “Know Mercy Podcast” and offered some clarity on what the future holds for him.

“It’s become more and more evident to me that fifteen years is the right number,” Green said.

“I’ve talked so much s--- to so many guys on the basketball court. I can’t be one of the guys lagging around at the end of my career, like, yo, I’m just out here collecting a check. I can’t be that guy, because everything that I’ve dished out is going to come right back.”

While Green firmly believes that he still has a few good years left, he has zero desire to play until he is 40 years old.

“I don’t want to play basketball until I’m 40,” Green explained. “I really only want to play basketball for another four years after this. I’ve always said my magic number is 15, once I get to 15, that’s it. I’m cool, go and enjoy my life, go onto my next thing, leave it to the young guys to take it from there.”

Green has been a lot more introspective over the past few weeks. Between his honest assessment of how he believes his time with the Warriors will conclude and his fairly straightforward take on how his relationship with Jordan Poole has changed, he has kept it real.

This was no exception.

Time will tell whether Green sticks to his retirement plan. We have seen other players, some better and others worse, say something similar only to change course.

That said, the writing is clearly on the wall. Green doesn’t have a ton of time left in the league. He is on the other side of his peak.

This article first appeared on Game 7 and was syndicated with permission.

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