How Warriors Will Face Dray, Wiggins and JP Contract Extensions Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors open training camp this weekend at the Chase Center with three of their top six players entering their final season with the franchise.
Next summer is when Andrew Wiggins will become an unrestricted free agent, Draymond Green will be able to cancel his contract, and Jordan Poole will become a restricted free agent.
The Warriors can create instant harmony by extending all three contracts over the next few weeks. This, of course, would destroy the 2023-24 payroll.
“We want all these guys,” President/General Manager Bob Myers said Thursday. “Can we get them all? I don’t know. It depends on what the money turns out to be, what the order is, what we can do. We are not yet at the point of making those decisions.”
While Poole’s restricted status allows the Warriors to match any offer he might receive, there’s enough interest in securing the fourth-year guard’s future to negotiate with his representatives in the two weeks leading up to the October 17 deadline.
“Where that goes, I don’t know,” Myers said. “I know they want to meet, and I know we want to meet.”
The Warriors consider Poole, 23, the cornerstone of their future. He is the first of its players under 25 to display NBA All-Star potential, and is playing behind Stephen Curry, 34, and Klay Thompson, 32.
This gives Poole a considerable head start, whether used in the next few weeks or next summer. He will earn $3.9 million next season, but a big payday awaits after the season. The market for its rookie-scale extension has surpassed $100 million in four years to reach $120 million.
Green’s influence is mainly in his accomplishments. He is a three-time All-Star, four-time All-Defensive Team, has won four championship rings, and is the emotional leader of the team. The Warriors will certainly consider his physical sacrifices and the fact that he turns 33 in March.
While Myers said he’s been in recent contact with Draymond’s agent Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports Group, it’s also clear there’s no urgency.
There is no imminent deadline for an extension for Green, who will earn $25.8 million this season and is expected to make $27.6 million next season – if he opts for the final year of his contract.
Unless something changes before opening night on October 18, the Warriors will likely wait until after the season to address Draymond’s future.
This is the most likely scenario for Wiggins as well. He will earn $33.6 million in the final year of his contract. If he has a second straight All-Star season, he will be looking for a raise. At 27, he is at his physical peak.
The biggest factor in Wiggins’ future with the Warriors isn’t his performance, but what the Warriors see from young players like Jonathan Kuminga and rookie Patrick Baldwin Jr.
“I can sit here and say, we want this, we want that,” Myers said. “Some of these decisions can be made in the next two weeks and others in seven, eight months. The information we have then will be useful in doing that.”
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If the Warriors like Kuminga and Baldwin’s progress, it’s virtually certain that Wiggins won’t be with the team in 2023-24.
If Draymond is not extended and the front office really likes what they see from Kuminga and Baldwin, it could affect negotiations with their representatives.
“The good news for us is that I don’t hear anyone who wants to leave,” Myers said. “That would be a worse problem if they said, I don’t want to be here, I’m out of here at the end of the year or I don’t want to be here, change. I don’t hear any of it. The aim will be to do the best we can.
What seems clear is this: the odds of re-signing Green, Wiggins and Poole, no matter how great the desire or timing, are minuscule – if not entirely out of the question.
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