Life is beautiful for the Golden State Warriors right now.
They are the defending NBA champions, they enter the new season as top favorites and their players – except for the conflict between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole during a training session – are in a winning franchise dynamic.
A state of happiness, which is also supported by a rain of millions that they are not worried about… although the numbers may say otherwise.
To further shore up their winning team, the Warriors announced hours before the start of the new regular season the extension of Jordan Poole (from about four million dollars to 31m per year) and Andrew Wiggins (from about 29m to 33m next year). 232m between the two external players, which cause a massive increase in the salary budget added to the luxury tax from next year.
Because if everything follows a normal course, Draymond Green will activate his option to renew (of about 27m), and according to ‘Spotrac’ the Warriors will reach 484m dollars between salaries and luxury tax.
It is a roster that exceeds any limit, bigger than, for example, the Knicks and Grizzlies combined last season, and that borders the limits of everything. Very expensive, competent players? But that the NBA allows to renew since most of them come from the Draft of the ‘Dubs’. Something that does not sit well in the rest of the franchises.
But in Golden State there is no fear. “I’m going to tell everyone: it’s next year. This is our campaign. We have to take it one year at a time and then we’ll evaluate next year. We’re not going to break the rules, but we have a competitive owner who will put every dollar in,” confessed the franchise’s General Manager Bob Myers.