Golden State Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers wants to keep one of his franchise cornerstones. Myers knows he has some tough decisions to make next season and next summer. Four players are set to be renewed – Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins.
On the podcast The TK Show (h/t Heavy.com), Myers hinted at his potential plans for any of the four players mentioned above. He told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami that Green is an important part of the team. He wants the former Defensive Player of the Year to stay at Golden State for as long as possible.
“No, no, I would say definitely and unequivocally that (he) isn’t a guy that we look at and say he’s not going to be there,” Myers said. “Now at some point decisions have to be made. But as for his importance to this organization and what he has done, we will do everything we can to keep him in the herd.”
Green has a player option for the 2023/24 season and is reportedly targeting a maximum contract. The Warriors will likely have to make a difficult decision about 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 doesn’t get him a new deal, he’ll become a restricted free agent the next offseason. An anonymous Western Conference manager told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that Poole is the most likely player to leave the Warriors.
“He had to show a little bit what he can do when everyone was injured and the team was bad,” said the manager. “But he was pushed back within the team when Klay was healthy and everyone was talking about Wiggins and stuff. It depends on how you deal with this contract. If he feels like they don’t want him; yes, he is the one I could imagine looking elsewhere.”
The 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 renewals, Curry could be upset if Golden State part ways with one of its “Big 3” teammates.
According to the anonymous Western Conference executive (h/t Heavy.com), the Warriors wouldn’t want to upset their superstar. Golden State has a chance to continue expanding its dynasty, but it needs Curry.
“Klay and Draymond, but that would be different,” said the manager. “If you’re moving on from either of those two, you’d better explain to Steph why. Or they can alienate him. I don’t know what Steph would be able to handle.”
The Warriors begin their title defense on October 18th at home against the LA Lakers. They will also receive their 2022 NBA championship rings that night while unveiling their banner at the Chase Center.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-we-re-going-everything-can-keep-fold-warriors-gm-wants-keep-franchise-cornerstone-knows-hard-choices-will-made?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “We’re going to do everything we can to keep him in the fold”