Andrew Wiggins is entering the final year of his contract and the Warriors want to extend him. Jordan Poole is up for a contract extension and if it isn't worked out by the start of the season he becomes a restricted free agent next summer. Draymond Green is eligible - and wants - a four years, $138.4 million extension (the max they can give him).
Bob Myers said again this week that he wants to keep all three of those players - all critical parts of the Warriors run to a title last season - but financial reality could intrude upon that dream. Here's what Myers said Thursday, via Kendra Andrews of ESPN:
The Warriors turned heads around the league paying more than $350 million in player salaries and luxury tax last season - and this season they will be in the same ballpark. Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob has said even with the cash cow that is the new Chase Center, this is not a team that can spend $400 million. Some expenses are locked in, such as Stephen Curry and his $215.4 max contract extension. Klay Thompson is at the max for a couple of more years.
Poole is part of the future in Golden State - along with Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, and maybe Jonathan Wiseman - and they can't let him go. Wiggins was the Warriors' second-best player in the postseason last year. That has led to some speculation Green could be the odd man out - something Myers has denied. Green will make $25.8 million this season but is expected to opt out of the $27.6 million player option he has next season. It leaves the Warriors and Green with a choice.
Something's got to give, but the Myers and the Warriors seem ready to kick that financial can down the road until next summer, and for this season get the band back together and chase another ring.
Poole would be the first up (there is an Oct. 17 deadline to extend him). Whatever happens, this will be an undercurrent of a story all season long in the Bay Area.
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