How Warriors will deal with the contracts of Draymond, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole

How Warriors will deal with the contracts of Draymond, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors open training camp this weekend at the Chase Center with three of their top six players entering their final season with the franchise.

Next summer when Andrew Wiggins becomes an unrestricted free agent, Draymond Green can opt out of his contract and Jordan Poole becomes a restricted free agent.

The Warriors could create immediate harmony by extending all three contracts in the coming weeks. That would, of course, wipe out the 2023-24 payroll.

“We want all those guys,” president/general manager Bob Myers said Thursday. “Can we get them all? I do not know. It depends on what the money will be, what the issue is, what we can do. We are not in a position to make those decisions yet.”

While Poole’s restricted status would allow the Warriors to receive any offer he might receive, there is enough interest in securing the fourth-year guard’s future to negotiate with his representatives in the two weeks before the Oct. 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.”

The Warriors consider Poole, 23, a cornerstone of their future. He’s the first of their under-25 players to show NBA All-Star potential, and he’s playing behind 34-year-old Stephen Curry and 32-year-old Klay Thompson.

This gives Poole considerable leverage, whether he is used in the coming weeks or next summer. He will make $3.9 million next season, but a big payday awaits him after the season. The deal for his rookie-scale extension has ticked over $100 million over four years and headed toward $120 million.

Green’s leverage is largely in his accomplishments. He is a three-time All-Star, four-time All-Defensive team selection, 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 be 33 next March.

While Myers said he’s been in recent contact with Draymond’s agent, Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports Group, he’s also made it clear there’s no urgency.

There is no deadline for an extension for Green, who will make $25.8 million this season and is slated to make $27.6 million next season — should he opt into the final year of his contract.

Unless something changes before opening night on Oct. 18, the Warriors will likely wait until after the season to address Draymond’s future.

That’s the most likely scenario for Wiggins, too. He will make $33.6 million in the final year of his contract. If he has a second consecutive All-Star season, he will be looking for a raise. At 27, he is in his physical prime.

The biggest factor in Wiggins’ future with the Warriors isn’t his performance but what the Warriors see from young players like second-year 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 could be made in the next two weeks and some could be made in seven or eight months. The knowledge we have there will be helpful as long as they are being made.”

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If the Warriors like the progress of Kuminga and Baldwin, it is practically understood that Wiggins will not be with the team in 2023-24.

If Draymond isn’t extended and the front office really likes what it sees from Kuminga and Baldwin, it could influence negotiations with his representatives.

“The good news for us is I don’t hear anybody who wants to leave,” Myers said. “That would be a worse problem if they said, I don’t want to be here, I’m out of here at the end of the year or I don’t want to be here, trade me. I don’t hear any of that. The goal will be to do our best.

What’s clear is this: Re-signing Green, Wiggins and Poole, no matter how much desire or timing, is less likely – if not out of the question.

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