Drummond Greene has arguably been the heart and soul of the Golden State Warriors for more than 10 years. Unfortunately Green's time with the team may soon come to an end.
If Greene declines his 2023-24 player option, he could be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
As someone who has been an integral part of the Warriors' success since his arrival, it is worrying that Greene feels he is unlikely to get an extension before the season begins.
Last season, Green averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. This number is in line with Green's career average.
The statistic that served as the main road around Green's future is that he only played in 46 games. Green has not played at least 73 matches since the 2016-17 season.
While the four-time NBA All-Star and 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year remains productive on the court, Greene's health remains a question mark.
The Warriors front office probably doesn't want to be locked into a long-term deal with an old, injury-prone player.
For the Golden State, paying the luxury tax has worked so far, but as the core of Greene, Thompson and Stephen Curry has gotten old, perhaps it's time to start looking to the future.