If the Warriors have every reason to smile after winning their 4th ring in 7 years, the franchise must still manage a perilous situation in the months to come. And because you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, one of the big names in the squad has a good chance of going out the door next summer. We take stock.
Problems of the rich, yes, but problems nonetheless. NBA champions after having mastered the last playoffs from start to finish, the Warriors are not satisfied and intend to aim for a new title next year – despite the skeptics. However, this objective should not make us forget the very complex salary situation of the Californian franchise, which is already exploding the luxury tax and who could have to pay a colossal sum.
No need to be a PhD student in mathematics to understand it: it is impossible to have 5 contracts maximum in the same team, and Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole will not each be able to be paid at this time. height. In short, choices will have to be made.
Jordan Poole, a departure that is approaching at high speed
If the historic Big Three seem untouchable, if only by culture and loyalty, eyes are naturally on Wiggins and Poole. It seems almost certain that at least one of them will leave the ship soon. In recent days, the focus has been more pressing on the young guard, who is eligible for an extension this summer and who will mainly be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2023 if he does not sign it (for now, the Warriors offered nothing).
If the Heavy site is to be believed, the Warriors won’t match the big offers Poole will inevitably receive, which will lead to a departure for a much juicier check than Golden State can offer:
The Warriors may not offer Poole an extension if they wish, which would allow him to become a restricted free agent next summer. If so, a league executive believes that at least one team with cap space will bid big:
“I would be wary of the Magic, who will surely make an offer if they are restricted. Especially since there is a good chance that the Warriors will not match the offer.
It’s an open secret in the NBA, but the deal is clear: Golden State does not intend to pay a large contract to Poole, when other franchises will put their hands in their pockets. The player, who is coming out of the first ultra-successful playoffs and who currently only has a modest contract, will make finances his top priority, in order to secure the famous contract which changes a life and that of his loved ones. Under these conditions, the departure will be almost confirmed for the summer of 2023 if no extension is signed in the coming days.
Excellent with the Warriors, Jordan Poole has put himself in a position to pocket a huge check when the 2023 offseason begins. However, it’s a safe bet that the Warriors will not be the signatories, and it is elsewhere, for example in Orlando, that the shooter should be led to continue his career. Business to follow, but the path taken seems quite clear.