Golden State Warriors want to keep ‘all of those guys,’ GM Bob Myers says as trio of contract decisions loom
Jordan Poole has until Oct. 17 to come to a rookie extension deal but could become a restricted free agent in 2023. Andrew Wiggins is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this coming season, and Draymond Green has a player option for 2023-24.
“We want all of those guys,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said at a news conference Thursday. “Can we get all of them? I don’t know.
“It depends on what the money ends up being. What the ask is what we can end up doing. We’re not at a point to make those decisions yet.
“Some of these decisions may be made in the next two weeks, some might be made in the next seven, eight months.”
Golden State was the most expensive team in NBA history last season, paying approximately $346 million in salary and luxury taxes. The Warriors also will be subject to the repeater penalty this season.
In Poole’s case, the Warriors plan to use the Oct. 17 deadline as the driving force to come to an agreement. Myers and the front office will sit down with Poole’s representation in early October, after the team returns from its preseason games in Japan.
“Where that’ll go, I don’t know,” Myers said. “But I know they want to meet. And we want to meet. And then we’ll see what the next two weeks give us.”
Myers said he has met with Wiggins’ and Green’s camps but that nothing substantial came from those conversations. Because there is no imminent deadline for Wiggins and Green, those negotiations most likely will happen over the course of the season and into the summer.
But even if no deals are agreed upon for any of the three players, Myers doesn’t see it becoming a problem behind the scenes.
“The good news for us is that I don’t hear that anybody 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 season’ or, ‘Trade me.’ Not hearing any of that. The goal is to figure it out as best we can.”