Golden State Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers wants to keep one of the cornerstones of his franchise. Myers knows he will have to make tough choices in the upcoming season and next summer. Four players are due for extra time – Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins.
On “The TK Show” podcast (h/t Heavy.com), Myers hinted at his potential plans for one of the aforementioned four players. He told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami that Green is a key part of the team. He wants the former Defensive Player of the Year to stay at Golden State as long as possible.
“No, no, I would say unequivocally (he’s) not a guy we’re watching and I’d say he’s not going to be there,” Myers said. “Now at some point decisions will have to be made. But in terms of his importance to this organization and what he’s done, we’re going to do everything we can to keep him in the fold.”
Green has a player option for the 2023-24 season, and he would seek a maximum contract. The Warriors will likely have to make a tough decision on who to keep. Thompson has two years left on his contract, while Wiggins will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Meanwhile, Poole is eligible to sign a rookie extension. If Golden State fails to give him a new contract, he will become a restricted free agent next offseason. An unnamed Western Conference executive told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that Poole was the player most likely to leave the Warriors.
“He was able to show a bit of what he could do when everyone was injured and the team was bad,” the executive said. “But he was pushed back into the team once Klay was healthy, and everyone was talking about Wiggins and stuff. It depends on how they handle that contract. If he feels like they don’t don’t want him, yes, he’s the one I could imagine looking for elsewhere.”
Warriors front office doesn’t want to upset Steph Curry
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are the foundations of the Golden State Warriors dynasty. With Thompson and Green eligible to sign extensions, Curry could get upset if Golden State parts ways with one of its “Big 3” teammates.
According to the unnamed Western Conference executive (h/t Heavy.com), the Warriors wouldn’t want to upset their superstar. Golden State has a chance to further expand its dynasty, but it’s leaning on Curry.
“Klay and Draymond, however, would be different,” the exec said. “If they left either of them, they better explain why to Steph. Or they can alienate him. I don’t know what Steph would be like.”
The Warriors begin their title defense Oct. 18 at home against the LA Lakers. They will also receive their 2022 NBA championship rings that night while unveiling their banner inside Chase Center.