SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors opened boot camp this weekend at Chase Center as three of the top six players entered their final season in the franchise.
Warriors can create instant harmony by extending the three contracts in the coming weeks. This, of course, would wipe out the 2023-24 payroll.
“We want all these guys,” President/General Manager Bob Myers said Thursday. “Can we have it all? I don’t know. It depends on what the money ends up being, what the question is, and what we can do. We are not at the point of making these decisions yet.”
Although Paul’s restricted status would allow the Warriors to match whatever offer he might receive, there was enough interest in securing the future of the fourth-year Ranger to negotiate with his representatives in the two weeks before the October 17 deadline.
“Where that’s going to go, I don’t know,” Myers said. “I know they want to meet, and I know we want to meet.”
Warriors Paul, 23, is the cornerstone of their future. He’s the first of his Under-25 players to show NBA All-Star potential, and he’s playing behind the 34-year-old. Stephen Curry and 32 years old Klay Thompson.
This gives Paul a lot of leverage, whether it’s used in the next few weeks or next summer. He’ll make $3.9 million next season, but a big pay day awaits him after the season. The entry-level extension market has crossed $100 million over four years and has crept in around $120 million.
Greene’s influence is mostly in his accomplishments. He is a three-time All-Star Team Choice, four-time All-Defensive, has earned four championship rings and is the emotional leader of the team. Warriors will surely consider his physical sacrifice and the fact that he will turn 33 next March.
Although Myers said he has been in contact recently with Draymond’s agent, Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports Group, it is also clear that there is no urgency.
There is no deadline looming for an extension for Green, who will make $25.8 million this season and is set to make $27.6 million next season – if he chooses to enter 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, too. He will receive $33.6 million in the final year of his contract. If he has an All-Star season for the second time in a row, he will be striving for a raise. He’s 27, and he’s in his prime physically.
The biggest factor in Wiggins’ future with the Warriors isn’t his performance but what the Warriors see as young players like the Year Two striker. 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 may be made in the next two weeks and others may be made within seven or eight months. The information we have then will be as useful as you do it.”
If the Warriors like Kuminga and Baldwin’s progress, it’s practically a given that Wiggins won’t be with the team in 2023-24.
If Draymond is not extended and the front office really likes what he sees from Kuminga and Baldwin, it could affect negotiations with his representatives.
“The good news for us is that I don’t hear anyone want to leave,” Myers said. “It would be a worse problem if they said, ‘I don’t want to be here, I’m going out of here at the end of the year or I don’t want to be here, replace me. I don’t hear any of that. The point would be to do our best.'”
What seems clear is this: The chances of Green, Wiggins, and Poole re-signing, no matter how desirable or timing, are very slim — if not completely out of the question.