Draymond Green explained his Tweets expressing displeasure with the tentative deal on a new NBA collective bargaining agreement.
“I’m not [pleased], for several reasons,” Green said. “It’s not about me.”
Green wrote “That’s a heartbreaker” and “One day we will get it right… maybe,” amongst other somewhat cryptic comments.
“It’s not about me that I’m mad about,” Green said. “When I look at these things I look at a guy like a Ian Clark or James Michael McAdoo, the other guys.”
Green said he “was one of those guys nobody would stand up for.” Green was a second round pick in 2012.
“It’s not about where my status is at as an All-Star. You’ll be taken care of. As a superstar in this league, you’ll be taken care of. So it’s not more so about us, it’s more so about the guys who aren’t on that level,” Green said.
“When I look at my career, I didn’t expect to be at this level I’m at now. I kind of identify more with those guys that have not made it to the level I’ve been fortunate enough to make it to. So when I think of contract negotiations in the CBA, I think of them and how can we help them. How can we help the guys that aren’t making as much make more?”
Kevin Durant had a similar take to Green’s on the new deal.
“I just more so look at it how it’s going to affect the group as a whole, as far as all our players. From the top guys to the middle guys to the guys trying to fight their way up. It’s about the whole group. It’s not more so about myself or the big name guys. It’s more about the whole group and how we can make this thing better for everybody.”
Green declined to comment on specific CBA provisions, but said about the lowest earning NBA players, “There could be different structure to have not as many minimum players.
“Right now there’s like a max and a minimum, a couple in-betweens. I think there can be different structures to help those minimum guys make more and not be a minimum player. But like I said, there’s a lot of things that I’m still going over.”
The minimum salary will increase by 50 percent under the new deal.