In full celebration of the ring, with champagne splashing every corner of the locker room, jordan poole looked at Andrew Wiggins and cried wildly, “You’re going to get a good bag!”. And the other answered: “No, we are going to get some good bags!”. In case it is necessary to clarify, they were talking about money. A lot of money.
The Golden State Warriors, newly proclaimed NBA champions, now has many duties in the office. A large part of the core of young people that has taken them to the ring ends their contract and will seek to improve their economic conditions after their collaboration to expand the dynasty of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and company in the San Francisco Bay.
Wiggins, the MVP in the shade During these brilliant playoffs for Steve Kerr’s team, he assured that his intention is to continue in the franchise, but it is likely that his agents will first seek to maximize his bank account. “I would love to stay here. It is very good, and they treat the players like a big family. In many places they say they will do it, but here they show it with their actions,” explained the forward.
The number one pick in the 2014 draft ends next season his 2017 rookie contract extension, which will have earned him $147 million over five years. Poole also enters the final year of his contract and can renew on that basis until October 17. Other key pieces such as Gary Payton II, Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr. and Andre Iguodala. Nemanja Bjelica, Damion Lee, Chris Chiozza, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Quinndary Wheatherspoon will also be free agents.
$400 million in salaries
This season was already a record for Golden State, which more than 350 million dollars was spent if the luxury tax is included for going over the league salary cap. That of these championship Warriors has been the most expensive template in history. For the next two seasons, his projection is to exceed 400 million. “You don’t have to tell me the chips of our squad. They are very high,” he commented. Bob Myers, GM of the franchise in statements to yahoo sports. “He (Joe Lacob) just wants to win. We have spent a lot to keep all the players we wantedand I don’t think this will change.”
The Golden State ownership group, led by Lacob, has spent $338 million in fines for exceeding the salary limit in five of the last seven NBA seasons. For the 2022-2023 season, the franchise has already signed 173.6 million in salaries, 24.6 more than the established limit.
Award Poole and Wiggins
Although they have them under file for next season, the logical move is to renew the two pieces that have contributed the most this season to the hard core. Wiggins stands to drop $81 million over three years under the current deal, a deal that would keep him in check until the end of Curry’s contract. “The trade for Wiggins helped us rebuild the defense on the wings,” Steve Kerr explained. “I don’t know where we would be without him and his work defensively against Luka and every other prop he’s faced. He’s been brilliant.”
Another that deserves recognition is Jordan Poole, until this season seen as a first-round bust by the coaching staff. Hatching him with 18.5 average points and shooting percentages of 44.8% from the field and 36.4% from three this season have shown that the Warriors were not wrong. The escort is eligible for a renewal, something that interests both parties. The projection is that he can receive 20.3 million in the first year of the contract and finish in the top 10 best-paid escorts in 2024 according to ProFitX.
Free agents, expensive agents
To keep two key pieces in the championship, Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II, the Warriors should add about $50 million to their luxury fee. That’s a steep price for two positions where three players under contract could get the job done with similar results. The “cheap” James Wiseman, Moses Moody and Jonathan Kumingaall under their first rookie contract, could step up next season.
Of his other key free agents, the offer the Warriors can make to Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica and Andre Iguodala it can go as high as $6.4 million for its mid-level exception. According to an example of ESPN, Porter Jr. could receive $2.8 million next year. In any case, any contract will continue to add to the millionaire fine of the luxury tax.
The importance of Looney and Payton in the rotation, especially in these NBA Finals, makes them more than life insurance for the roster. On Myers’ shopping list is the search for a starting center and bench depth. It can achieve this by drawing on the players that are left free and relying on the young core made up of Poole, Kuminga, Moody, and Wiseman. On the near horizon there is another key date, a draft where Golden State has a first round and two second rounds. The only thing they have left after this is an exception of 6.4 million to pay someone and 6.3 million left over to place in a hypothetical transfer.