If the Golden State Warriors intend to extend Jordan Poole long-term this offseason, it will cost them something.
After a great season in which he showed himself to be a chunk of the future for the Warriors, Poole’s starting point for an overtime is expected to be $100 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau.
Poole averaged 18.5 points on 44.8% shooting last season and had 3.4 rebounds and 4 assists. While he had some rough patches in the postseason, he ended up being a vital part of the series’ run against the Celtics.
Poole is set to earn $3.9 million next season but is eligible for maximum rookie-scale expansion. That could be worth up to $190 million over five years — a nice raise for the former 28th overall winner. As noted by Letourneau, Poole would go into limited free hands in 2023 if the sides fail to come to an agreement. He doesn’t think the Warriors will try to quash Poole with their offer.
“Poole’s rapid rise from G Leaguer to borderline All-Star-level talent was a driving force behind Golden State’s championship run, and it doesn’t want to alienate him with lowball overtime,” Letourneau wrote. “Poole, 22, has a chance to lead the Warriors into the post-Stephen Curry era. Chances are the two parties will find a number that works for both.”
Money hasn’t been an issue for the Warriors throughout their dynastic run, and it’s clear the franchise doesn’t mind spending to maintain its championship-level roster. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill that financial concerns won’t stop them from keeping Poole.
“No, no,” Myers said. “I mean luckily [I] Work for an ownership group in Joe [Lacob] who used all possible resources to win. And I know that because every time I ask him about his squad and strategy, it’s always a win.”
He echoed that sentiment when speaking to The Athletic’s Anthony Slate.
“We don’t know what the market is going to be for our guys,” Myers said. “We will try to keep the team together. It’s a good balance between young, old and right in the middle. There isn’t a guy we don’t like. So we will try.”
The Warriors and Poole have been fairly quiet about the future, but the 23-year-old joked that he “got the bag” with teammate Andrew Wiggins after winning the championship.
“We’ll get a bag right away!” they screamed together during the champagne-soaked celebration.
Poole offered a slightly more diplomatic response when asked about his future during his exit interview.
“To be completely honest, I haven’t even been able to fathom anything about this process,” Poole said. “I was so captivated by the championship. We know it’s going to happen, we put ourselves in situations to be successful and everything else will take care of itself.”
He’s got a lawyer in Wiggins who wanted his mate paid.
“He definitely deserved it [a new contract]’ Wiggins said. “Jordan is someone who works so hard, who makes his teammates better and can go on the pitch and dominate.”