The summer of 2023 will be endlessly fascinating for the Golden State Warriors and will set the shape of their roster for years to come.
Barring unexpected trades popping up over the next few months, the top three developments in the Golden State until then are, in no particular order:
- Will the Warriors extend Jordan Poole’s rookie contract through the October deadline or knock him to restricted free agency next offseason?
- Will the Dubs re-sign Andrew Wiggins after his outstanding season and post-season, or let the former No. 1 overall run due to financial constraints?
- Will Draymond Green come out of his contract a year early and use his player option to request a multi-year, big-money extension from the only franchise he’s ever played for, or will he keep the year-long payday and remain under contract until 2024?
All three of these situations were topics of discussion in Thursday’s August 18 issue Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast.
“I’m curious if one of these guys is under contract,” said Windhorst. “And if they are signed, which ones? Are all three signed? Haven’t any of them signed? Will Poole be renewed but not Wiggins and Draymond? Will Draymond be renewed but not Poole and Wiggins?
“I think what [the Warriors] “To do with these expansions is a big indication of how they view this team going forward,” he added.
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NBA insiders believe Green is likely to step out of the contract in 2023
What is certain is that all three players will be in Warriors uniforms as the team looks to reclaim it in 2022-23 and win its second straight title and fifth in nine years.
After that, the fates of Poole and Wiggins rest mostly in the hands of the dubs’ front office. However, Green holds more cards than his younger peers and therefore more leverage.
“Jordan Poole is eligible for an extension. Andrew Wiggins is eligible for an extension. They will both be in the team this year, we know that. Draymond has two years left,” said Windhorst. “This is the last year of the contract for Poole and Wiggins. So if they don’t renew, you see that they’re headed for… run years.”
Fellow podcaster and NBA reporter ESPN’s Tim Bontemps corrected Windhorst on the one mistake in his assessment.
“Green is a free agent this summer,” Bontemps pointed out. “He has a player option next year.”
“But do we think that Draymond will give up this money?” asked Windhorst.
“I wouldn’t rule that out” ESPN reporter Tim McMahonthe third member of the podcast, replied.
“I wouldn’t rule that out either,” echoed Bontemps.
“He will certainly pretend to do that,” Windhorst replied.
“I’m not saying if he will or not,” Bontemps added. “But I would say so [it’s] possible.”
Warriors title contenders now and in the future, insiders say
The entire conversation above was inspired by a discussion of on ESPN article in which Bontemps participated Kevin Pelton on Wednesday 17 August. The premise was built around the “all-in” tiers of NBA franchises competing for titles now, in the future, or both.
Ultimately, the Warriors fell into the second tier, reserved for teams with the potential to win now and later.
“In this group it wasn’t just about you being able to win today, but five years from now,” explained Bontemps. “I’m not that sure [the Warriors’] young people but they have all these young people, they have all their opportunities, they have flexibility for the future and that separates them from the teams…. who basically all swapped a bunch of picks or just have really old teams.
However, Pelton believes the Warriors define the group of contenders who can play for now and for the future at the same time.
“The approach of the title-winning Warriors perhaps best embodies this group,” Pelton wrote. “Although Golden State has one of the oldest cores in the league, led by the four-time champion trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, the Warriors owe a future first-round pick (in 2024) and are developing the foundation of their next team with the recent lottery picks Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman while it’s still winning now.
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