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Andrew Wiggins is entering the final year of his contract and the Warriors want to extend it. Jordan Poole is awaiting a contract extension and if that isn’t settled by the start of the season, he will become a restricted free agent next summer. Draymond Green is eligible for — and wants — a four-year, $138.4 million extension (the most they can give him).
Bob Myers said again this week that he wants to keep those three players – all of the Warriors’ critical elements winning a title last season – but financial reality could encroach on that dream. Here’s what Myers said Thursday, via ESPN’s Kendra Andrews:
“We all want these guys,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said at a press conference Thursday. “Can we have them all?” I do not know.
“It depends on what the money ends up being. What the demand is what we can end up doing. We’re not at the point of making those decisions yet. Some of those decisions could be taken in the next two weeks, others could be taken in the next seven or eight months.
The Warriors turned heads in the league by paying more than $350 million in player salaries and luxury taxes last season — and this season they’ll be in the same ballpark. Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said even with the cash cow that is the new Chase Center, it’s not a team that can spend $400 million. Some expenses are blocked, such as Stephen Curry and his maximum contract extension of $215.4. Klay Thompson is maxed out for a few more years.
Poole is part of Golden State’s future — along with Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and possibly Jonathan Wiseman — and they can’t let him go. Wiggins was the Warriors’ second best player in the playoffs last year. This led to speculation that Green could be the odd man out – which Myers denied. Green will earn $25.8 million this season but is expected to opt out of the $27.6 million player option he has next season. This leaves the choice to the Warriors and the Greens.
Something has got to give, but the Myers and Warriors look set to kick things off until next summer, and for this season, get the group together and chase another ring.
Poole would be the first (there is an October 17 deadline to extend it). Whatever happens will be the undercurrent of a story throughout the season in the Bay Area.