Warriors out of playoffs: Draymond Green's free agency and contract headline offseason


The Golden State Warriors' quest for another championship came to an end this season as they were eliminated from the playoffs. The Warriors have been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA over the past decade, but injuries and a tough Western Conference ultimately proved too much to overcome.

Despite the disappointment of the early playoff exit, there were still plenty of positives to take away from the Warriors' season. Steph Curry had another incredible year, solidifying his status as one of the best players in the league. Curry led the NBA in scoring, averaging 32 points per game, and was named to the All-NBA First Team. He also broke his own record for the most three-pointers made in a season, hitting an astonishing 337 shots from beyond the arc.

Klay Thompson also made his long-awaited return to the court after missing two full seasons due to injury. Thompson's shooting and defensive abilities were sorely missed during his absence, and his return provided a much-needed boost for the Warriors. Although he struggled to find his rhythm at times, Thompson showed flashes of his old self and provided hope for the future.

Draymond Green continued to be the heart and soul of the Warriors, providing his trademark defensive intensity and playmaking abilities. Green's leadership and versatility were once again on full display, and he proved to be a vital part of the team's success.

The Warriors also saw contributions from several young players, including Jordan Poole, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Gary Payton II. Poole in particular had a breakout season, averaging 12.7 points per game and providing instant offense off the bench.

Despite these positives, the Warriors ultimately fell short in the playoffs. They were eliminated in the play-in tournament by the Memphis Grizzlies, ending their hopes of making a deep playoff run. Injuries played a significant role in the Warriors' struggles, with Thompson missing time due to knee soreness and Andrew Wiggins battling a back injury.

Looking ahead, the Warriors will need to make some adjustments in the offseason if they hope to compete for another championship. They will likely look to add more depth to their roster, particularly on the wing and in the frontcourt. The Warriors will also need to consider the free agency of Draymond Green, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the 2023-24 season.

Despite the disappointment of this season, there is still plenty of reason for optimism for the Warriors. With Curry, Thompson, and Green leading the way, the Warriors have a talented core that can compete with any team in the league. The Warriors will need to make some adjustments in the offseason, but if they can stay healthy and add some key pieces, they will be a force to be reckoned with next season and beyond.

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