How Warriors Take on Dray, Wiggins and JP Contract Renewals Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors are opening a training camp at Chase Center this weekend as three of their top six players enter their final season with the franchise.
Next summer, Andrew Wiggins will be a Restricted Free Agent, Draymond Green can cancel his contract and Jordan Poole will become a Restricted Free Agent.
The Warriors can create instant harmony by renewing all three contracts in the coming weeks. That, of course, would obliterate the 2023-24 payroll.
“We want all those guys,” President/CEO Bob Myers said Thursday. ‘Can we get them all? I don’t know. It depends on what the money eventually becomes, what the demand is, what we can do. We are not yet at the point of making those decisions.”
While Poole’s limited status would allow the Warriors to match any offer he might get, there is enough interest to secure the fourth-year guard’s future to negotiate with his representatives in the two weeks leading up to the October 17 TAUT.
“I don’t know where that will go,” Myers said. “I know they want to meet, and I know we want to meet.”
The Warriors consider Poole, 23, a cornerstone of their future. He is the first of their under-25 players to show NBA All-Star potential, and he plays behind 34-year-old Stephen Curry and 32-year-old Klay Thompson.
This gives Poole significant leverage whether used in the coming weeks or next summer. He will make $3.9 million next season, but a big payday awaits after the season. The market for its rookie-scale expansion has ticked over $100 million in four years and has climbed to $120 million.
Green’s leverage is mainly in his performance. He is a three-time All-Star, four-time All-Defensive team squad, has earned four championship rings and is the emotional leader of the team. The Warriors will certainly consider his physical sacrifices and the fact that he will turn 33 in March.
While Myers said he’s been in touch recently with Draymond’s agent, Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports Group, it’s also clear there’s no urgency.
There is no impending renewal TAUT for Green, who will make $25.8 million this season and $27.6 million next season – should he sign up for the final year of his contract.
Unless something changes for opening night on October 18, the Warriors will likely wait until after the season to tackle Draymond’s future.
That’s also the most likely scenario for Wiggins. He will make $33.6 million in the final year of his contract. Should he have a second consecutive All-Star season, he will be looking for a raise. At the age of 27, he is in his physical prime.
The biggest factor in Wiggins’ future with the Warriors is not his performance, but what the Warriors see of young players such as sophomore forward 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 some can be made in seven or eight months. The information we then have will be helpful in making it.”
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If the Warriors like the progress of the Kuminga and Baldwin, it’s practically a given that Wiggins won’t be with the team in 2023-24.
If Draymond doesn’t expand and the front office really likes what it sees from Kuminga and Baldwin, it could affect negotiations with his representatives.
“The good news for us is that I don’t hear anyone wanting to leave,” Myers said. “That would be a bigger problem if they said, ‘I don’t want to be here, I’ll be out of here at the end of the year or I don’t want to be here, trade me in. I don’t hear about that. The goal will be to do our best.
What sounds obvious is this: the chance of redrawing Green, Wiggins, and Poole, however great the desire or timing, is minuscule — if not completely out of the question.
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